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Aruna  Panda

Aruna Panda B.V.Sc., Ph.D., M.P.H.

Academic Title: Associate Professor
Primary Appointment: Pathology
Secondary Appointments: Epidemiology & Public Health
Location: MSTF, G-100
Phone: (410) 706-8542
Fax: (410) 706-8538

Personal History:

  • BVSc (Bachelor of Veterinary Science): 1996, Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Chennai, India
  • MS: Virology, 1999, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville Arkansas
  • PhD: Molecular Virology, 2004, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland
  • MPH: Global Health and Infectious Diseases, 2008, University of Maryland, Baltimore, Maryland

Research Interests:

Research focus: Vaccine development, global health and infectious diseases

Research interests: Understanding the molecular basis of pathogenesis of RNA viruses, and conducting research towards the development of improved vaccines. Research focus on developing and characterizing animal models of human disease for biomedical research and use of such models to understand disease pathogenesis leading to development of innovative therapeutics. Keen interest in the areas of public health and epidemiology with studies focused towards understanding the global burden of infectious diseases in developing countries.

Clinical Speciality:

Virology, Global Health and Infectious Diseases and Veterinary Medicine


Huang, Z., Krishnamurthy, S., Panda, A., and Samal, S. K. High-level expression of a foreign gene from the 3-prime proximal first locus of a recombinant Newcastle disease virus. Journal of General Virology. 182:1729-1736. 2001.

Huang, Z., Elankumaran, S., Panda, A. and Samal, S. K. Recombinant Newcastle disease virus as a vaccine vector. Poultry Science. 82:899-906. 2003.

Huang, Z., Krishnamurthy, S., Panda, A., and Samal, S. K. Newcastle disease virus V protein is associated with viral pathogenesis and functions as an alpha interferon antagonist. Journal of Virology. 77 (16): 8676-8685. 2003.

Panda, A., Huang, Z., Elankumaran, S., Rockemann, D. D., and Samal, S. K. Role of fusion protein cleavage site in the virulence of Newcastle disease virus. Microbial Pathogenesis. 36(1): 1-10. 2004.

Huang, Z.*, Panda, A.*, Elankumaran, S. *, Rockemann, D. D., and Samal, S. K. The hemagglutinin-neuraminidase protein of Newcastle disease virus determines tropism and virulence. Journal of Virology. 78(8): 4176-4184. 2004.

Panda, A., Elankumaran, S., Krishnamurthy, S., Huang, Z., and Samal, S.K. Loss of N-linked glycosylation from the hemagglutinin-neuraminidase protein alters virulence of Newcastle disease virus. Journal of Virology. 78(10): 4965-4975. 2004.

Silverman, R.P., Banks, N.D., DeTolla, L.J., Shipley, S.T., Panda, A., Sanchez, R.A., Azimzadeh, A.M, Pierson, R.N., Wang, D., Rodriguez, E.D, Holton, L.H., and Bartlett, S.T. A Heterotopic Primate Model for Facial Composite Tissue Transplantation. Annals of Plastic Surgery. 60(2): 209-216. 2008.

Stanwix, M.G., Nam, A.J., Rodriguez, E.D., Drachenberg, C., Bluebond-Lagner, R., Panda, A., Shipley, S.T., Bartlett, S.T. and Barth, R.N. Histological mild rejection does not correlate with clinical rejection or graft survival in primate composite facial allografts. American Transplant Congress. 2008.

Nam, A.J., Stanwix, M.G., Rodriguez, E.D., Kukuruga, D., Drachenberg, C., Bluebond-Lagner, R., Panda, A., Shipley, S.T., Bartlett, S.T. and Barth, R.N. Prolonged survival of composite facial allografts in non-human primates and development of donor-derived post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorders. American Transplant Congress. 2008.

Rao, S., Kong, W-P., Wei, C-J., Yang, Z-Y., Nason, M., Styles, D., DeTolla, L.J., Panda, A., Sorrell, E.M., Song, H., Wan, H., Ramirez-Nieto, G.C., Perez, D., and Nabel, G.J. Multivalent HA DNA Vaccination Protects against Highly Pathogenic H5N1 Avian Influenza Infection in Chickens and Mice. Public Library of Science One. 3(6): e2432. 2008.

Khattar, S.K., Yan, Y., Panda, A., Collins, P.L., and Samal, S.K. A Y526Q Mutation in the Newcastle Disease Virus HN Protein Reduces Its Functional Activities and Attenuates Virus Replication and Pathogenicity. Journal of Virology. 83(15): 7779-7782. 2009.

Panda, A., Samal, S. K., and DeTolla, L.J. Avian Influenza: An Emerging Global Threat. Indian Journal of Poultry Science. 44 (2):143-153. 2009.

Shipley, S.T.*, Panda, A*, Khan, A.Q. *, Kriel, E. H., Maciel, M. Jr., Livio, S., Nataro, J.P., Levine, M.M., Sztein, M. B.§ and DeTolla, L. J.§ A challenge model for Shigella dysenteriae 1 in cynomolgus monkeys (Macaca fascicularis). (* denotes equal contribution of the authors towards the completion of this study and § denotes equal contribution of the authors to the direction of this work presented in the manuscript). Comparative Medicine. 60(1): 54-61. 2010.

Panda, A., Tatarov, I., Melton-Celsa, A. R., Kolappaswamy, K., Kriel, E.H., Petkov, D, Coksaygan, T., Livio, S., McLeod, C.G., Nataro, J.P., O'Brien, A.D., and DeTolla, L.J. Escherichia coli O157:H7 infection in Dutch Belted and New Zealand White rabbits. Comparative Medicine. 60(1): 31-37. 2010.

Tatarov, I., Panda, A., Petkov, D., Kolappaswamy, K., Thompson, K., Kavirayani, A., Elson, E., Davis, C., Martin, S.S., and DeTolla, L.J. Effects of Magnetic Fields in Tumor Growth and Viability. Comparative Medicine. 61(4): 339-345. 2011.

Barth, R.N., Rodriguez, E.D, Mundinger, G.S., Nam, A. J., Ha, J.S., Hui-Chou, H., Jones, L.S., Panda, A., Shipley, S.T., Drachenberg, C.B., Kukuruga, D., and Bartlett, S.T. Vascularized Bone Marrow Based Immunosupression Prevents Rejection of Composite Allografts in Non-Human Primates. American Journal of Transplantation. 11:1407-1416. 2011.

Mundinger, G.S., Nam, A.J., Hui-Chou, H.G., Stanwix, M.G.,Jones, L.S., Drachenberg, C.B., Kukuruga, D., Shipley, S.T., Dorafshar, A.H., Panda, A., Bartlett, S.T., Barth, R.N., and Rodriguez, E.D. Non-Human Primate Model of Fibula Vascularized Composite Tissue Allotransplantation Demonstrates Donor-recipient Bony Union. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 2011. Aug 11 [Epub ahead of print]

Zangari, T., Melton-Celsa, A., Panda, A., Boisen, N., Smith, M., Taratov, I., DeTolla, L.J., Nataro, J.P. and O'Brien, A.D. Virulence of the Shiga toxin type 2-expressing Escherichia coli O104:H4 German outbreak isolate in two animal models. Infection and Immunity.February 2013. doi: 10.1128/¿IAI.01310-12.

Seekatz, A.M., Panda, A., Rasko, D.A., Toapanta, F. R., Eloe-Fadrosh, E. A., Khan, A.Q., Liu, Z., Shipley, S. T., DeTolla, L.J., Sztein, M.B., and Fraser, C.M. Differential Response of the Cynomolgus Macaque Gut Microbiota to Shigella Infection. PLoS ONE. 2013. Jun 5;8(6):e64212. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone. 0064212. PMID: 23755118.

Panda, A.,Tatarov, I, Masek, B.J., Hardick, J., Crusan, A., Wakefield, T., Carroll, K., Yang, S., Hsieh, Y.H., Lipsky, M.M., McLeod, C.G., Levine, M.M., Rothman, R.E., Gaydos, C.A. and DeTolla, L.J. A rabbit model of non-typhoidal Salmonellabacteremia. Comparative Immunology, Microbiology and Infectious Diseases.July 2014. DOI: 10.1016/j.cimid.2014.05.004.

Zangari, T., Melton-Celsa, A., Panda, A.,Smith, M., Taratov, I., DeTolla, L.J., and O'Brien, A.D. Enhanced virulence of the Escherichia coli O157:H7 spinach-associated outbreak strain in two animal models is associated with higher levels of Stx2 production after induction with ciprofloxacin. Infection and Immunity. September 15 2014. IAI.02361-14. PMID: 25225244

Brazio, P. S., Woodhall, J., Panda, A., Brown, E.N., Ha, J. S., Azimzadeh, A. M., Rodriguez, E.D., Bartlett, S.T, Bojovic, B., and Barth, R.N. Infused bone marrow fails to prevent vascularized composite allograft rejection in nonhuman primates. American Journal of Transplantation. April 23 2015. DOI: 10.1111/ajt.13268.

Khattar, S.K., DeVico, A.L., LaBranche, C.C., Panda, A.,Montefiori, D.C., and Samal, S.K. Enhanced Immune Responses to HIV-1 Envelope Elicited by Vaccine Regimen Consisting of Priming with Newcastle Disease Virus Expressing HIV gp160 and Boosting with gp120 and SOSIP gp140Proteins. Journal of Virology. 2015. November 18; 90(3): 1682-6. doi: 10.1128/JVI.02847-15.