Development and Evaluation of oral pH-responsive microparticles encapsulating inactivated E. Coli to provide immunity in Broiler Poultry to Combat Antibiotic Drug Resistance


Avian pathogenic Escherichia coli (E. Coli), an etiologic agent of colibacillosis in poultry, is responsible for great economic losses worldwide with a special focus on middle-income countries. It has been an abusive practice globally to use antibiotics prophylactically to prevent E. coli outbreaks. Antibiotics are routinely added in bulk to poultry diets globally, particularly in LMIC, to prevent various diseases and as growth promotors. The situation is worst in LMIC countries such as Pakistan due to lack of regulatory bodies, awareness, and facilities, the only available vaccine is not in reach of local farmers due to vaccine cost and availability issues. A holistic approach is required to manufacture a vaccine against E.Coli in Pakistan using local strains. In this project, we are aiming to encapsulate killed inactivated local E. Coli strain in novel pH-responsive polymeric carriers to elicit an immune response in the chick gut to provide maximum protection to birds. We will conduct vaccination and challenge studies and evaluate the immune response induced by our prototype vaccine. This vaccine will prevent the release of antigens in the environment. The project will be led by an initial female researcher from LMIC and Pakistani mid-career researchers, a UK academic scientist, and a veterinary pharmaceutical industry from LMIC (Pakistan). These all will bring together a unique combination of expertise in Pharmaceutics, immunology, Poultry, and veterinary sciences to advance a novel approach to poultry vaccination with a special focus to control E. Coli outbreak particularly in low and middle-income countries.


Hina RazaDr Hina Raza
Research Associate
Bahauddin Zakariya University


Dr Sudaxshina Murdan, Reader / Associate Professor in Pharmaceutics, University College London, UK

Dr Mubashir Aziz, Associate Professor, Bahauddin Zakariya University Multan (DMMG), Pakistan

Dr Ahsan Sattar Shiekh, Associate Professor, University of Lahore, Pakistan

Mr Asim Raza Khosa, CEO, POULVET Pharmaceutical Pvt. Ltd, Pakistan