Research Group

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 Arun K. Bhunia


Principle Investigator

Professor of Food Microbiology


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
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 (  AtulLab.jpg


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




Graduate Students  


RishiLab.jpgRishi Drolia (


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


Yi Niu (
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
 Brucella species in dairy products



 Undergraduate Students


Xingjian Bai (



B.S. (2009-2012), Food Science, Food Science College, China Agricultural
     University, Beijing, 
B.S. (2012-2014), Food Science, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN​
M.S. Student (2014-Present)


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






Taylor Bailey (



A.A.S. (2013), Biotechnology, Ivy Tech Community College, Lafayette, IN
.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 (

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

Valerie Ryan (


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 (

B.S. (2005), Veterinary Medicine, Assiut University, Egypt
M.S. (2009), Meat Hygiene and Microbiology, Assiut University, Egypt
12- Present), Visiting Scholar (Sandwich PhD study) Molecular Food Microbiology
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