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Yadav Sharma Bajagai

Research Officer
School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences
Institute for Future Farming Systems
Rockhampton North
361 - G.51
About Me

Dr Bajagai is a postdoctoral researcher at CQU. He graduated with Bachelor of Veterinary Science from Tribhuvan University, Institute of Agriculture and Animal Science and subsequently obtained Mater Degree in Animal Science and a PhD both from the University of Queensland (UQ), Australia. Yadav obtained his PhD on the impacts of probiotics in intestinal microbiome and poultry performance. He has more than a decade of experience in a range of roles in industry, government and academia mainly in the area of animal/poultry health and management, food security, molecular microbiology and bioinformatics. Before pursuing research career, Dr Bajagai has worked with the Ministry of Agriculture in the government of Nepal in the area of livestock extension, animal health, and food and nutrition security with range of capacity including Livestock Development Officer and Senior Veterinary Officer (Under Secretary). He has also worked for livestock and poultry industry as a consultant veterinarian. Dr Bajagai has been a consultant to Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) in the area of use of probiotics in animal nutrition and their regulation. His current research interest includes host microbe interaction, gut health, alternative to antibiotic feed supplements, antibiotic resistance, and microbial ecology. He is also passionate about big data analysis and bioinformatics.

Dr Bajagai has been awarded with several national and international awards for his academic and professional achievements. He was awarded with prestigious Australian Leadership Award (ALA) and Endeavour Award to complete his Master and PhD in Australia. A research and extension project prepared by a team including Dr Bajagai on behalf of the government of Nepal was competitively awarded USD 58 million grant from the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP), a multilateral international financing mechanism established by G8 nations. The main objective of the project was to enhance food and nutrition security of the marginalised community in Nepal. The Australian Trade Commission and Australia Future Unlimited has awarded Dr Bajagai with Outstanding Young Australian Alumni Award in recognition of this achievement. In addition, he was also awarded “Mahendra Vidya Bhusan” (The Order of Merit in Education) by then the king of Nepal and also with “Nepal Vidya Bhusan (Order of Merit)” by the president of Nepal and several other awards and recognitions including Dean’s commendation for high achievement from the University of Queensland. He was also a nominee of the University of Queensland International Alumnus of the Year in 2013. Outside of his research interest, Dr Bajagai has worked as a freelance motivation speaker in the area of “Power of Positive Thinking” and “Appreciative Leadership” and he is very interested in music and singing.

Universities Studied At

The University of Queensland - PhD

The University of Queensland - Master of Animal Studies (Animal Science and Management)

Tribhuvan University - Bachelor of Veterinary Science (BVSc)

Wageningen University and Research Centre, the Netherlands - Short course on Monitoring, evaluation and impact assessment of food and nutrition security program

Universities Worked At

Central Queensland University 

University of Queensland - Causal academics and consultant

Queensland University of Technology - Consultant/Interpreter


Outstanding Young Alumni Award by Australian Trade Commission and Australia Future Unlimited

Australian Leadership Award (ALA) Scholarship by the Australian Government

Endeavour Award (Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarship)by the Australian Government

Nepal Vidya Bhusan Medal (order of Merit) by the president of Nepal

Mahendra Vidya Bhusan Medal (order of Merit) by then the King of Nepal

Deans Commendation for High Achievement by the University of Queensland

Netherland Fellowship (NFP) by the NUFFIC

Rotary Veterinary Award by Rotary International Rotary Club of Yala

Narendra Memorial Trust Award by Narendra Memorial Trust

Previous teaching

The University of Queensland - casual academics

Professional Experience

Senior Veterinary Officer / Under Secretary - Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development, Government of Nepal

Livestock Development Officer - Department of Livestock Services, Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development, Government of Nepal

Consultant - Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO)

Senior Technical Executive (Consultant Veterinarian) - ProBiotech Industries Pvt. Ltd

Professional Memberships

Australasian Veterinary Poultry Association

Australian Society for Microbiology

Australian Association of Animal Sciences

American Society for Microbiology

Nepal Veterinary Association

Nepal Veterinary Council 

Computer Software

R, Python, Unix, QIIME, QIIME2, Galaxy, MetaPhlan2, Humann2 and several other bioinformatics tools.

Research Supervision

I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:

  • 3003 Animal Production
  • 3009 Veterinary Sciences
  • 3107 Microbiology

At the level of Associate Supervisor

Current Capacity
I am currently available to supervise more research candidates
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Research Interests
Agricultural And Veterinary Sciences

Animal Production - Animal Nutrition

Agricultural And Veterinary Sciences

Veterinary Sciences - Veterinary Microbiology (excl. Virology)

Biological Sciences

Genetics - Genomics

Biological Sciences

Microbiology - Microbial Ecology

Biological Sciences

Microbiology - Microbial Genetics

Biological Sciences

Other Biological Sciences - Biological Sciences not elsewhere classified
Sequence analysis, transcriptomics, mass spectrometry data analysis etc.

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