Research Group

 

(Named left to right)

Seated: Dr. Krishna Mishra, Dr. Hatice Nizamlioglu, Dr. Arun Bhunia, Dr. Atul Singh
Middle Row: Dr. Qinghua He, Marcela Martinez, Valerie Ryan, Wen Lv, Hongmei Liao
Back Row: Rishia Drolia, Xingjian Bai, Carlos Carter, Zenjing Tang, Yi Niu, Taylor Bailey

 

 Arun K. Bhunia

 

Principle Investigator

Professor of Food Microbiology

Education

B.V.Sc. (Veterinary Medicine), West Bengal University of Fishery and Animal Sciences      
     (Formerly, BCKV), W.B., India.
Ph.D. (Food Microbiology), University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY
Postdoctoral Training (Food Microbiology, Immunology), University of Arkansas,    
     Fayetteville, AR
  
Contact
Address: Department of Food Science, 745 Agriculture Mall Drive, West Lafayette, IN 47907.
Phone :  (765)-494-5443
 

 Current Lab Members

 
 

Post Doctoral Researchers

 

Dr. Atul K. Singh (aksingh@purdue.edu

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Biography:
M.Sc Biotechnology from Guru Nanak Dev University Amritsar, Punjab, India
Ph.D. Biotechnology from Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, India 
(2010–Present) Post Doctoral Research Associate, Bhunia Lab, Purdue University

Research Projects : My current research interests and activities are in the area of biophysics (Light scattering based detection of bacteria), microbial pathogenesis with special emphasis on Listeria monocytogenes, and nano-biotechnology pertaining to antimicrobial peptide functionalized gold nanoparticles.

 

 Graduate Students

 

Xingjian Bai (bai16@purdue.edu)  

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Biography:  

B.S. (2009-2012), Food Science, Food Science College, China Agricultural University, Beijing, China

B.S. (2012-2014), Food Science, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN​

M.S. student (2014-Present), Food Science, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

 

Research Projects: (1) Interrogation of gene expression from biofilm-forming Listeria monocytogenes strains with a focus on genetic expression during biofilm formation and their implication to pathogenicity with respect to adhesion, invasion and cytotoxicity. (2) Study the effect of sanitizers commonly used in the food industry on gene expression in biofilm-associated cells.

 

Taylor Bailey (twbailey@purdue.edu)

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Biography:

A.A.S. (2013), Biotechnology, Ivy Tech Community College, Lafayette, IN
B.S. (2015), Cellular, Molecular, Developmental Biology, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

Ph.D. student (2015-present), Comparative Pathobiology, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

Chappelle Fellow (2015-2016)

 

Research Projects: (1) Characterization of pyruvate kinase of Listeria monocytogenes and its potential implications to pathogenicity. (2) Characterization of thmechanism of action of recombinant probiotics with a focus on immune modulation.


Carlos Carter 
(carte135@purdue.edu)

 

Biography:

B.S. (2014), Food and Nutritional Sciences, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, Greensboro, NC

M.S. student (2014-Present), Food Science, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

Industry Fellow (2014-2015), Department of Food Science, Co-advised by Dr. Sinivas Janaswamy

 

Research Projects: Development of polysaccharide-based essential oil carriers to be used as microbial inhibitors.

 

Rishi Drolia (rdrolia@purdue.edu

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Biography:

M.Sc. (2010), Biochemistry, Fergusson College, University of Pune, India

M.S. (2012), Biology, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS

Ph.D. student (2012-Present), Food Science, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

  

Research Project: To investigate cellular and molecular mechanism of Listeria adhesion protein (LAP) mediated epithelial translocation of Listeria monocytogenes.

 

Marcela Martinez-Chavez (zmartine@purdue.edu)

Biography:

B.S. (2014) Food Science and Technology, Panamerican Agricultural School, Zamorano, Honduras

M.S. student (2015-present), Food Science, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

 

Research Project: Light scattering for bacterial detection (BARDOT: bacterial rapid detection using optical scattering technology) with a special emphasis on Entereobacteriaceae, a group that includes major foodborne pathogens such as Escherichia coli, Shigella, Salmonella, and Yersinia.

 

Yi Niu (niu2@purdue.edu)

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Biography:

B.E. (2012), Food Science and Engineering, Northwest A&F University, China

B.S. (2012), Food Science, Purdue University, West Lafayette, USA

M.S. student (2013-Present), Molecular Food Microbiology, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

 

Research Project: To develop immunological and RNA detection system for pathogenic Brucella species in dairy products.

 

Valerie Ryan (ryanv@purdue.edu)

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Biography:
B.S. (2013), Genetics and Microbiology, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
Post-undergraduate researcher (2013)

M.S. student (2013-present), Food Science, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

  

Research ProjectListeria monocytogenes pathogenesis with a focus on the role of GAPDH in adhesion and infiltration of host cells.

 

 Undergraduate Students

 

Zhenjing Tang (tang168@purdue.edu)




Biography:
B.E. (2011-2013), Food Science and Engineering, Sichuan University, Chengdu, China

B.S. (2013-2015), Food Science, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

  

Research Project: qRT-PCR based detection of Listeria spp.


Wen Lv(lvw@purdue.edu)

 

Biography:
B.S. (2011-2015), Food Science, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

Research Project: Identification of host proteins(Caco-2 cells) that interact with Listeria Adhesion Protein (LAP) during Listeria monocytogenes infection. 


Visiting Scholars

 

Derek Calhoun

Biography:
A.S. student (present), Biotechnology, Ivy Tech Community College, Lafayette, IN

Laboratory intern (2015)

  

Research Project: Genetic manipulations of Listeria monocytogenes and bioengineered Lactobacillus casei.

  

Dr. Qinghua He (he266@purdue.edu)

 

 

Biography:

M.S. (2006), Microbiology, Nanchang University, China

Ph.D. (2012), Food Science, Nanchang University, China

Associated Professor (2012-Present), Sino-German Joint Research Institute, State Key Lab of Food Science & Technology, Nanchang University, China

 
Research Projects: Cell based sensors for bacterial toxins, environmental friendly immunoassays for mycotoxins, development of novel recognitions elements of immunoassay (peptide, nanobody, antibody fragment, mimic of coating antigen of small molecules).



Dr. Hatice Ferhan Nizamlioglu

 

Biography:

B.V.Sc. (1987), Vetrinary Medicine, Selcuk University, Konya, Turkey

Ph.D. (1992), Pharmacology and Toxicolony, Selcuk University, Konya, Turkey

Associate Professor (1999), Vetrinary Control and Research Institute, Konya, Turkey

Professor (2013-Present), Gastrology and Culinary Art Department, Necmettin Erbakan University, Konya, Turkey

 

Research Projects: Production and application of recomibanat probiotic strain against ​​Listeria monocytogenes.



 

 




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