Arun Bhunia, BVSc, PhD

Professor of Food Science

Department of Comparative Pathobiology

Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine
625 Harrison Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907

Phone: 765.494.5443

Bhunia Lab website | Curriculum Vitae


- B.V.Sc. | BCKV, West Bengal, India
- Ph.D. | University of Wyoming
- Postdoctoral Training | University of Arkansas

Areas of Interest

Pathogenesis and Prevention: Host-Pathogen Interaction: Understanding molecular, cellular and immunological mechanism of Listeria monocytogenes pathogenesis during intestinal phase of infection Gut Health: Prevention of enteric pathogens and improvement of gut health using bioengineered probiotics.

Professional Memberships, Honors & Awards

(2017) Maurice Weber Laboratorian Award,. International Association for Food Protection (IAFP).
(2016) Fulbright Specialist Roster. Fulbright Program, USA.
(2014) High-End Foreign Experts Recruitment Program. China.
(2013) NACMCF member (National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods). USDA-FSIS.
(2013) Outstanding Graduate Educator. College of Agriculture.
(2009) Research and Development Award. Institute of Food Technologist (IFT).
(2006) Purdue Agriculture 2006 Team Award. College of Agriculture, Purdue University.
(2005) Faculty Scholar. Purdue University.
(2003) 2003 Purdue Agriculture Research Award. School of Agriculture.

Selected Publications

– Singh, A. K., Leprun, L., Drolia, R., Bai, X., Kim, H., Aroonnual, A., . . . Bhunia, A. K. (2016). Virulence gene-associated mutant bacterial colonies generate differentiating two-dimensional laser scatter fingerprints. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 82(11), 3256-3268. doi:10.1128/AEM.04129-15

– Singh, A. K., Bettasso, A. M., Bae, E., Rajwa, B., Dundar, M. M., Forster, M. D., . . . Bhunia, A. K. (2014). Laser optical sensor, a label-free on-plate Salmonella enterica colony detection tool. mBio, 5(1). doi:10.1128/mBio.01019-13

– Burkholder, K., & Bhunia, A. (2013). Listeria monocytogenes and Host Hsp60 - an Invasive Pairing. In Moonlighting Cell Stress Proteins in Microbial Infections (First, 267-282). Springer

– Koo, O. K., Amalaradjou, M. A., & Bhunia, A. K. (2012). Recombinant probiotic expressing Listeria adhesion protein attenuates Listeria monocytogenes virulence in vitro. PLoS ONE, 7(1). doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0029277

– Jagadeesan, B., Littlejohn, A. E., Amalaradjou, M. A., Singh, A. K., Mishra, K. K., La, D., . . . Bhunia, A. K. (2011). N-Terminal Gly224 - Gly411 domain in Listeria adhesion protein interacts with host receptor HsP60. PLoS ONE, 6(6). doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0020694

– Burkholder, K. M., & Bhunia, A. K. (2010). Listeria monocytogenes uses Listeria adhesion protein (LAP) to promote bacterial transepithelial translocation and induces expression of LAP receptor Hsp60. Infection and Immunity, 78(12), 5062-5073. doi:10.1128/IAI.00516-10

– Jagadeesan, B., Koo, O. K., Kim, K. P., Burkholder, K. M., Mishra, K. K., Aroonnual, A., & Bhunia, A. K. (2010). LAP, an alcohol acetaldehyde dehydrogenase enzyme in Listeria, promotes bacterial adhesion to enterocyte-like Caco-2 cells only in pathogenic species. Microbiology, 156(9), 2782-2795. doi:10.1099/mic.0.036509-0

– Burkholder, K. M., Kim, K. P., Mishra, K. K., Medina, S., Hahm, B. K., Kim, H., & Bhunia, A. K. (2009). Expression of LAP, a SecA2-dependent secretory protein, is induced under anaerobic environment. Microbes and Infection, 11(10-11), 859-867. doi:10.1016/j.micinf.2009.05.006

– Akin, D., Sturgis, J. E., Ragheb, K., Sherman, D., Burkholder, K., Robinson, J. P., Bhunia, A.K…Bashir, R. (2007). Bacteria-mediated delivery of nanoparticles and cargo into cells. Nature Nanotechnology, 2(7), 441-449. doi:10.1038/nnano.2007.149

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