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Arun K Bhunia

Department of Food Sciences 

  • Professor Food Science
Department of Food Science
745 Agriculture Mall Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907

Comparative Pathobiology 

  • Courtesy Professor - CPB


B.V.Sc. (Veterinary Medicine), BCKV, West Bengal, India.

Ph.D. (Food Microbiology), University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY, USA

Postdoctoral Training (Food Microbiology, Immunology), University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR, USA



Pathogen and Toxin Detection:

Biosensors and Biorecognition Molecules: Development of novel detection and diagnostic tool for pathogens employing optical biosensors including light scattering, fiber-optic and cell-based sensors and biorecognition (antibodies, receptors) ligand molecules

 Pathogenesis and Control:

Host-Pathogen Interaction: Understanding molecular mechanism of pathogenesis for enteric pathogens during intestinal phase of infection and subsequent control strategies using probiotics and antimicrobials.


Microbial Foodborne Pathogens (FS 565; 3 credit hours)

Microbial Techniques for Food Pathogen (FS 566; 2 Credit hours)

Intestinal Microbiology and Immunology (FS 660; 1 credit hour)


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Awards & Honors

(2012) Editor-in-Chief. Open Journal of Medical Microbiology.

(2012) Guest Editor. Journal of Biomedicine and Biotechnology.

(2012) Editor. Conference Papers in Microbiology.

(2011) Inducted to Omicron Chapter of Phi Zeta Honor Society. Omicron Chapter of Phi Zeta Honor Society.

(2010) Associate Editor. Gut Pathogens.

(2009) Research and Development Award. Institute of Food Technologist (IFT).

(2008) Editorial Board Member. Journal of Food Protection.

(2006) Purdue Agriculture 2006 Team Award. College of Agriculture, Purdue University.

(2005) Faculty Scholar. Purdue University.

(2003) 2003 Purdue Agriculture Research Award. School of Agriculture.


Hirleman, E. D., Guo, S., Bae, E., & Bhunia, A. K. (2008). System and method for rapid detection and characterization of bacteria colonies using forward light scattering. U.S. Patent No. 7,465,560. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Gomez, R., Bashir, R., Bhunia, A. K., Ladisch, M. R., & Robinson, J. P. (2007). Biosensor and related methods. U.S. Patent No. 7306924. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Selected Publications

Koo, O. K., Amalaradjou, M. A. R., & Bhunia, A. K. (2012). Recombinant probiotic expressing Listeria adhesion protein attenuates Listeria monocytogenes virulence in vitro. PLoS ONE, 7(1), e29277.

Jagadeesan, B., Fleishman Littlejohn, A. E., Amalaradjou, M. A. R., Singh, A. K., Mishra, K., La, D., . . . Bhunia, A. K. (2011). N-terminal Gly224–Gly411 domain in Listeria Adhesion Protein interacts with host receptor Hsp60. PLoS One, 6(6), e20694.

Bhunia, A. K. (2011). Rapid pathogen screening tools for food safety. Food Technol., 65(2), 38-43.

Koo, O. K., Aroonnual, A., & Bhunia, A. K. (2011). Human heat shock protein 60 receptor coated paramagnetic beads show improved capture of Listeria monocytogenes in presence of other Listeria in food. J. Appl. Microbiol., 111, 93-104.

Bi, L., Yang, L., Narsimhan, G., Bhunia, A. K., & Yao, Y. (2011). Carbohydrate nanoparticle-mediated delivery for prolonged efficacy of antimicrobial peptide. J. Control. Release, 150, 150-156.

Burkholder, K. M., & Bhunia, A. K. (2010). Listeria monocytogenes uses LAP to promote bacterial transepithelial translocation, and induces expression of LAP receptor Hsp60. Infect. Immun., 78(12), 5062-5073.

Jagadeesan, B., Koo, O. K., Kim, K. P., Burkholder, K. M., Mishra, K., Aroonnual, A., & Bhunia, A. K. (2010). LAP, an alcohol acetaldehyde dehydrogenase enzyme in Listeria promotes bacterial adhesion to enterocyte-like Caco-2 cells only in pathogenic species. Microbiology-UK, 156(9), 2782-2795.

Bhunia, A. K., & Banerjee, P. (2010). Cell-based biosensor for rapid screening of pathogens and toxins. Biosens. Bioelectron., 26, 99-106.

Koo, O. K., Liu, Y. S., Shuaib, S., Bhattacharya, S., Ladisch, M. R., Bashir, R., & Bhunia, A. K. (2009). Targeted capture of pathogenic bacteria using mammalian cell receptor coupled with dielectrophoresis on biochip. Anal. Chem., 81, 3094-3101.

Banada, P. P., Huff, K., Bae, E., Rajwa, B., Bayraktar, B., Aroonnual, A., . . . Bhunia, A. K. (2009). Label - free detection of multiple bacterial pathogens using light scattering sensor. Biosens. Bioelectron., 24, 1685-1692.