Singh, Baljit

Professor & Associate Dean of Research

Baljit Singh

Department of Veterinary Biomedical Sciences
Veterinary Biomedical Sciences
University of Saskatchewan, 52 Campus Drive
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
S7N 5B4

Phone: (306) 966-7408

Email: baljit.singh@usask.ca


Academic Degrees

  • BVSc&AH, Punjab Agricultural University, Punjab
  • MVSc, Punjab Agricultural University, Punjab
  • PhD, University of Guelph, Canada
  • Post-doctoral Training, Texas A&M University and Columbia University, New York
  • Completed licensing requirements set by CVMA and AVMA for foreign veterinary graduates.

Current Teaching

Dr. Singh teaches veterinary anatomy in the DVM program. He has developed two new courses called inflammation and repair and lung cell and molecular biology. He also co-teaches a graduate course called ultrastructural cytology.

Dr. Singh has received the following teaching awards:

  • 3M National Teaching Fellowship, Canada (2009)
  • Provost's Prize for Innovative Practice of Teaching and Learning, University of Saskatchewan (2008); Team Leader and Concept Developer for Biomedical Rounds
  • Master Teacher Award, University of Saskatchewan (2008)
  • Carl J. Norden Distinguished Teacher Award (2003)
  • Pre-Clinical Teacher of the Year Award (2000 and 2002)

Other positions held by Dr. Singh:

  • Special Advisor (Teaching and Learning) to the Provost
  • Director for Merial Veterinary Scholar Program at Western College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Past President, American Association of Veterinary Anatomists (2006-2008)
  • Member, National Examining Board for Veterinary Medicine, Canada
  • Member, Education Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates; American Veterinary Medical Association

Current and Recent Research Projects

Dr. Singh's research program is on cell and molecular biology of lung inflammation. There are projects focused on mechanisms of neutrophil and monocyte migration into inflamed lungs, biology of pulmonary intravascular macrophages and environmental pulmonary toxicology. A newer component of his research program is focused on nanomedicine. 

He has received funding from NSERC (Discovery and Equipment Grants), NSERC-NanoInnovation Platform Grants, Alberta Agriculture Funding Consortium, Saskatchewan Agriculture Development Fund, and the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation.

Awards and Journal Editorship:

He has received Young Investigator Awards from the American Association of Anatomists (2000 and 2001) and European Respiratory Society (2002), as well as the Pfizer Award for Research Excellence (2002).

Dr. Singh is an associate editor of the Journal of Occupational Medicine and Toxicology and a section editor (Immunology) of Cell and Tissue Research.

Research Group Members:

  • Dr. S.S. Suri, Research Associate
  • David Schneberger, PhD student
  • Gurpreet Aulakh, PhD student
  • Natasha Just, PhD student
  • Shankaramurthy Channabasappa, PhD student
  • Navjot Kaur, MSc student
  • Nicole House, MSc student
  • Vanessa Vrolyk, MSc student

Students finished since 1999:

  • Dr. T. Duke, MSc
  • Dr. C. Charavaryamath, PhD
  • Dr. K. Aharonson, MSc
  • Dr. L.M.H. Anh, MSc,
  • Mr. W. Shane Journeay, PhD
  • Ms. V. Juneau, MSc
  • Dr. K. Janardhan, PhD
  • Dr. S.S. Gill, MSc
  • Dr. L.N.A. Gamage, MS
  • Dr. O. Parbhakhar, MSc

43 Undergraduate Summer Research Students


Publications

Schneberger D, Aharonson-Raz K, Singh B. "Pulmonary intravascular macrophages and lung health: What are we missing?" Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology. 302(6): L498-L503. Click here to access the article online.

Gill SS, Suri SS, Janardhan KS, Caldwell S, Duke T, Singh B. 2008. "Role of pulmonary intravascular macrophages in endotoxin-induced lung inflammation and mortality in a rat model." Respiratory Research. 9: 69 (11 printed pages). 

Suri SS, Raktondradany F, Myles A, Fenniri H, Singh B. 2009. "The role of RGD-tagged helical rosette nanotubes in the induction of inflammation and apoptosis in human lung adenocarcinoma cells through the P38 MAPK pathway." Biomaterials. 30: 3084-3090. 

Schneberger D, Caldwell S, Suri SS, Singh B. 2009. "Expression of toll-like receptor 9 in horse lungs." Anatomical Record. 292: 1068-1077.

Shrivastav A, Suri SS, Mohr R, Janardhan KS, Sharma RK, Singh B. 2010. "Expression and activity of N-myristoyltransferase in lung inflammation and its role in neutrophil apoptosis." Veterinary Research. 41. 

Parbhakar O, Duke T, Townsend HGG, Singh B. 2005. "Depletion of pulmonary intravascular macrophages partially inhibits lipopolysaccharide-induced lung inflammation in horses." Veterinary Research. 36: 557-569.

Singh B, Pearce JW, Gamage LN, Janardhan K, Caldwell S. 2004. "Depletion of pulmonary intravascular macropahges inhibits acute lung inflammation." American Journal of Physiology: Lung Cell Molecular Biology. 286: L363-L372.  

Singh B, Fu C, Bhattacharya J. 2000. "Vascular expression of the ανβ3 integrin in lung and other organs." American Journal of Physiology: Lung Cell and Molecular Physiology. 278: L217-226.

Singh B, Atwal OS. 1997. "Ultrastructural and immunocytochemical study of pulmonary intravascular macrophages of Escherichia coli lipopolysaccharide-treated sheep." Anatomical Record. 247: 214-224 (featured on the title cover).

Singh B, Bate LA. 1996. "Responses of pulmonary intravascular macrophages to 915MHz microwave radiation: Ultrastructural and cytochemical study." Anatomical Record. 246: 343-355 (featured on the title cover).