Research Group

 
Molecular Food Microbiology:
 Bhunia Lab

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​(Names from left to right)
Front Row: Donqgi Liu, Dr. Atul Singh, Marcela Martinez, Wen Lv, Valerie Ryan, Dr. Naíla Cannes Do Nascimento, Dr. Arun Bhunia
Back Row: Rishi Drolia, Tawfiz Alsulami, Xingjian Bai, Luping Xu, Carlos Carter, Zenjing Tang, Taylor Bailey, Celina To

 

 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

 

Staff 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 
Post Doctoral Research Associate 
(2010–2015), Purdue University, Department of Food Science, West Lafayette, IN
Research Scientist (2015-Present)


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


Tawfiq Alsulami (talsulam@purdue.edu)  

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Biography

B.S. (2010), Food and Human Nutrition, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia​

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


Research Project: Rapid detection method of bacterial pathogens in dairy products. 


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)

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Biography:

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

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

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


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.

 


Dongqi Liu (liu1792@purdue.edu)

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Biography:

M.B.S. (2010-2015) Forensic Medicine, Sichuan University, Chengdu, China

Masters student (2015-present), Food Science, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN


Research Project: Listeria monocytogenes adhesion and invasion mechanism on GI host cell with a focus on GAPDH/LAP interaction; influence of anaerobic condition on Listeria adhesion and invasion. 



Marcela Martinez-Chavez (zmartine@purdue.edu)

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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 (2013-2014), Bhunia Lab, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

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. 



Celina To (to1@purdue.edu)

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Biography:

B.S. (2015), Food Science, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA

Research Apprentice (2015), National Space Biomedical Research Institute, Space Food Systems (Johnson Space Center), Houston, TX
M.S. student (2015-present), Food Science, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

Ross Fellow (2015-2016) 

  

Research Project: Develop a Cell-based Assay for Rapid high throughout Detection (CARD) using a basophil cell line with fluoresence reporter for Shiga-like toxins. 

 


Undergraduate Students

 

Wen Lv(lvw@purdue.edu)

 

Biography:
B.S. (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. 


Luping Xu(xu653@purdue.edu)

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Biography:

B.S. (2018), Food Science, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN



Visiting Scholars

 


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