Research Group

 
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 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 : +1 (765)-494-5443
 

 Current Lab Members

 
 

Post Doctoral Research Associates 

 

Dr. Atul K. Singh (aksingh@purdue.edu)  AtulLab.jpg

 

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  

 

RishiLab.jpgRishi Drolia (rdrolia@purdue.edu

 

Biography:
M.Sc. (2010), Biochemistry, Fergusson College, University of Pune, India
M.S. (2012), Biology, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
Ph.D. candidate (2012-Present), Molecular Food Microbiology, Purdue University, 
     West Lafayette, IN
 
  
Research Project: To investigate cellular and molecular mechanism of Listeria
     adhesion protein (LAP) mediated epithelial translocation of
Listeria
     monocytogenes

 

 
 
 
Yi Niu (niu2@purdue.edu)YiLab.jpg
 
 
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

 

  
 

 Undergraduate Students

  

Xingjian Bai (bai16@purdue.edu)

  

BaiSmaller.JPGBiography:  

B.S. student (2009-2012), Food Science, Food Science College, China Agricultural
     University, Beijing, 
China
B.S. student (2012-Present), Food Science, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN​

 


Research Projects
: PCR based detection of Listeria spp. utilizing LAP gene.

 

 

 

 

 

Taylor Bailey (twbailey@purdue.edu)TaylorLab.jpg

 

Biography:

A.A.S. (2013), Biotechnology, Ivy Tech Community College, Lafayette, IN
B
.S. student (2013-present), Cellular, Molecular, Developmental Biology, Purdue
     University, West L
afayette, IN

 
 
Research Projects: Characterization of antigen specific antibody and optimization of
     their use and identification of human microflora that stimulate
     anti-inflammatory immune response.

 

  

Allison Guthrie (aguthri@purdue.edu)

Biography:
B.S. student (2011-present), Food Science, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
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Research Project: Myosin light-chain kinase expression in Caco-2 cells treated with Listeria adhesion protein.
 

Valerie Ryan (ryanv@purdue.edu)ValerieLab.jpg

 

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

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

 Visiting Research Scholars

  
 

Maha Usama Abdelhaseib (maha@purdue.edu)

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Biography
B.S. (2005), Veterinary Medicine, Assiut University, Egypt
M.S. (2009), Meat Hygiene and Microbiology, Assiut University, Egypt
(20
12- Present), Visiting Scholar (Sandwich PhD study) Molecular Food Microbiology
      Laboratory  
 
 
Research Project: Rapid Detection of Escherichia coli O157:H7, Listeria monocytogenes and
     Salmonella enterica from food samples using biosensor tools including light scattering
     sensor, BARDOT and fiber optic

 

 
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Eduardo Ivo Colle (eivocoll@purdue.edu)  EduardoLab.jpg
  

Biography:
B
.S. student (2008-present), Veterinary Science, Universidade Federal de Goiás


Rearch Project: Evaluation of antimicrobial activity using light scattering technology (BARDOT)

  

 

Dr. Mapitsi S. Thantsha (mthantsa@purdue.edu) 

MapitsiLab.jpgBiography:
PhD, Microbiology, University of Pretoria, South Africa 
(
2013 – Present) Fulbright Visiting Scholar


R
esearch Project: Control of enteric pathogens using bioengineered probiotics. The project aims at utilization of probiotic Lactobacilli expressing specific genes from Listeria monocytogenes to control infection of L. monocytogenes in pregnant women as a strategy to prevent pathogen induced abortion and stillbirths.

 

 

Gustavo Moreira (schmidg@purdue.edu) ​

Biography:

B.S. (2012), Biotechnology, Universidade Federal de Pelotas, Pelotas, RS, Brasil

(2013 – Present), MS student Biotechnology, Universidade Federal de Pelotas, Pelotas, RS, Brasil

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