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Arun K Bhunia

Department of Food Sciences 

  • Professor Food Science
765.494.5443
765.494.7953
Department of Food Science
745 Agriculture Mall Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907

Comparative Pathobiology 

  • Courtesy Professor - CPB

Prof. Arun K. Bhunia received his bachelor of veterinary medicine degree (BVSc) from India, PhD from University of Wyoming (USA), and postdoctoral training from University of Arkansas (USA). Currently, he is a professor of food microbiology at Purdue University (USA) and the Chair of Microbiology Training Group of Purdue University interdisciplinary Life Sciences program (PULSe). His expertise is in the area of microbial food safety, foodborne pathogen detection, microbial pathogenesis, and probiotic vaccine. To date, he has coauthored more than 165 research publications, 2 textbooks (Fundamental Food Microbiology; Foodborne Microbial Pathogens), edited four books, and delivered over 120 talks in national and international venues. He teaches both graduate and under graduate level courses on foodborne pathogens and mechanism of pathogenesis, microbial detection techniques, and food safety and public health. He is awarded four patents. He is serving as editor or editorial board member for several journals. He is a member of the USDA National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods (NACMCF; 2013-2017). He has received Purdue Agriculture Research Award (2003), Purdue Faculty Scholar (2005), Purdue Team Award (2006), IFT R&D Award (2009), Outstanding Graduate Educator Award from the Department of Food Science (2010, 2011) and the College of Agriculture (2013) at Purdue University, High-End Foreign Experts Recruitment Program (China) fellowship (2014-2016), and Fulbright Specialist Roster (2016-2021). 


Education

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

 

Research

 

Publications

 

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

 

 

Awards & Honors

(2014) Editor: "Sensors" Special Issue on "Sensors for Food Safety and Quality". MDPI.

(2014) High-End Foreign Experts Recruitment Program (China). Goverment of China.

(2013) NACMCF member (National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods). USDA-FSIS.

(2013) Outstanding Graduate Educator. College of Agriculture.

(2012) Editor. Conference Papers in Microbiology.

(2012) Editor-in-Chief. Open Journal of Applied Biosensor.

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

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

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

(2011) Invited Presentation. 5th International Symposium on Recent Advances in Food Analysis (RAFA 2011). Prague, Czech Republic.

Patents

Hirleman, E. D., Guo, S., Bae, E., & Bhunia, A. K. 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, 0., Ladisch, M. R., & Robinson, J. P. Biosensor and related methods. U.S. Patent No. 7306924. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Rajwa, B., Bayraktar, B., Robinson, 0., Bhunia, A. K., & Hirleman, E. D. Identification of bacterial phenotypes using orthogonal complex moment invariants. U.S. Patent No. submitted. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Bhunia, A. K., Banada, P. P., Liu, 0., & Bashir, R. A low conductive medium for impedance microbiology. U.S. Patent No. Licensed to BioVittesse, Inc. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Bayraktar, B., Rajwa, B., Robinson, 0., Bhunia, A. K., & Hirleman, E. D. Identification of Bacterial Phenotypes using Orthogonal Complex Moment Invariants. U.S. Patent No. Disclosure submitted. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Rickus, J. L., Bhunia, A. K., & Zhao, 0. Method for Detecting Pore-Forming Toxins with Liposome-Doped Porous Glass Produced using Sol-Gel Methods. U.S. Patent No. Disclosure submitted. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Bhunia, A. K., Hahm, B. K., & Morgan, 0. Pathogen Enrichment Detection Device and Methods of Use. U.S. Patent No. 64303.P1US - pending. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Selected Publications

Bhunia, A., & Mendonca, M. (2015). Fiber Optic Sensors for High Throughput Screening of Pathogens. In High Throughput Screening for Food Safety Assessment: Biosensor Technologies, Hyperspectral Imaging and Practical Applications (First, 249-259). Woodhead Publishing/Elsevier.

Bhunia, A., Taitt, C., & Kim, M. (2015). High throughput screening strategies and technology platforms for detection of pathogens in food: An Introduction. In High Throughput Screening for Food Safety Assessment: Biosensor Technologies, Hyperspectral Imaging and Practical Applications (First, 9-Jan). Woodhead Publishing/Elsevier.

Bae, E., & Bhunia, A. (2015). Label-free light scattering sensors for high throughput screening of microbes and toxins in food. In High Throughput Screening for Food Safety Assessment: Biosensor Technologies, Hyperspectral Imaging and Practical Applications (First, 149-162). Woodhead Publishing/Elsevier.

Singh, A., Sun, X., Bai, X., Kim, H., Abdalhaseib, M., Bae, E., & Bhunia, A. (2015). Label-free, non-invasive light scattering sensor for screening of Bacillus colonies. J. Microbiol. Methods, 109, 56-66. Retrieved from http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0167701214003613

He, Y., Reed, S., Bhunia, A., Gehring, A., Nguyen, L., & Irwin, P. (2015). Rapid identification and classification of Campylobacter spp. using laser optical scattering technology. Food Microbiol, 47, 28-35. Retrieved from http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0740002014002640

Singh, A., Sarkar, P., Janaswamy, S., Yao, Y., & Bhunia, A. (2014). Encapsulation and Delivery of Antimicrobial Compounds. In Novel Food Preservation and Microbial Assessment Techniques (first, 218-236). CRC Press.

Singh, A., Bettasso, A., Bae, E., Rajwa, B., Dundar, M., Forstere, M., . . . Bhunia, A. (2014). Laser optical sensor, a label-free on-plate Salmonella enterica serovar colony-detection tool. mBio, 5(1), e01019-13.

Kim, H., Singh, A., Bhunia, A., & Bae, E. (2014). Laser-induced speckle scatter patterns in Bacillus colonies. Front. Microbiol, 5(537), 9-Jan.

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