Arun K. Bhunia

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Professor of Molecular Food Microbiology
B.V.Sc (Veterinary Medicine), W.B. India; Ph.D. (Food Microbiology), University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY; Postdoctoral training, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR.

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Training Group(s):
Microbiology, Immunology and Infectious Diseases

Active Mentor - currently hosting PULSe students for laboratory rotations and recruiting PULSe students into the laboratory; serves on preliminary exam committees

Current Research Interests:

Microbial pathogenesis, host immune response, and bioengineered probiotics approach in mitigating foodborne pathogen infection.

Selected Publications:


Bai, X., Liu, D., Xu, L., Tenguria, S., Drolia, R., Gallina NLF, Cox, AD, & Bhunia, A. K. (2021). Biofilm-isolated Listeria monocytogenes exhibits reduced systemic dissemination at the early (12-24 h) stage of infection in a mouse model. NPJ Biofilms and Microbiomes, 7(1), p. 18.

Drolia, R., Amalaradjou MAR,, Ryan, V., Tenguria, S., Liu, D., Bai, X., Xu, L., Singh, A.K., Cox, A.D., Bernal-Crespo, V., Schaber, J.A., Applegate, B.M., Vemulapalli, R., & Bhunia, A. K. (2020). Receptor-targeted engineered probiotics mitigate lethal Listeria infection. Nature Communications, 11(1), p. 6344.

Drolia, R., & Bhunia, A. K. (2019). Crossing the Intestinal Barrier via Listeria Adhesion Protein and Internalin A. Trends in Microbiology, 27(5), pp. 408-425.

Drolia, R., Tenguria, S., Durkes, A. C., Turner, J. R., & Bhunia, A. K. (2018). Listeria Adhesion Protein Induces Intestinal Epithelial Barrier Dysfunction for Bacterial Translocation. Cell Host & Microbe, 23(4), pp. 470-484.e7.

Zhu, X., Liu, D., Singh, A. K., Drolia, R., Bai, X., Tenguria, S., & Bhunia, A. K. (2018). Tunicamycin Mediated Inhibition of Wall Teichoic Acid Affects Staphylococcus aureus and Listeria monocytogenes Cell Morphology, Biofilm Formation and Virulence. Frontiers in Microbiology, 9, p. 1352.

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).

Jagadeesan, B., Littlejohn, A. E., Amalaradjou, M. A., Singh, A. K., Mishra, K. K., La, D., Kihara, D. & Bhunia, A. K. (2011). N-Terminal Gly224 - Gly411 domain in Listeria adhesion protein interacts with host receptor HsP60. PLoS One, 6(6).

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), pp. 5062-5073.

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), pp. 2782-2795.

Akin, D., Sturgis, J. E., Ragheb, K., Sherman, D., Burkholder, K., Robinson, J. P., ... Bashir, R. (2007). Bacteria-mediated delivery of nanoparticles and cargo into cells. Nature Nanotechnology, 2(7), pp. 441-449. 

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