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Aruna Panda, BVSc, PhD, MPH

Academic Title:

Adjunct Associate Professor

Primary Appointment:

Epidemiology & Public Health

Education and Training


  • 1996 - Bachelor of Veterinary Science (B.V.Sc.) Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Chennai, India
  • 1999 - M.S., Virology, University of Arkansas, Fayettevile AR
  • 2004 - Ph.D., Molecular Virology, University of Maryland, College Park, MD
  • 2008 - MPH, Global Health and Infectious Diseases, University of Maryland School of Medicine


  • 1996 - Internship and Clinical training in Veterinary Medicine, Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynecology Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University
  • 2004 - Residency Training Program, Laboratory Animal Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine


Dr. Panda is a veterinary epidemiologist with several years of experience in the areas of infectious diseases and public health research.  She has been actively involved in projects targeted towards the development of vaccines against infectious agents including highly pathogenic avain influenza, Shiga-toxin producing E. coli, Shigella dysenteriae 1 and Salmonella Typhimurium. Her areas of interest include studies focused on developing innovative therapies against zoonotic diseases which are of great concern worldwide.

Research/Clinical Keywords

Epidemiology, Veterinary Medicine, Infectious Diseases, Vaccine Development

Highlighted Publications

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., Dranchenberg, C.B., Kukuruga, D., and Bartlett, S.T. Vascularized Bone Marrow-Based Immunosuppression Inhibits Rejection of Vascularized Composite Allografts in Nonhuman Primates. American Journal of Transplantation. 2011. 11:1407-1416. PMID:21668624.

Zangari, T., Melton-Celsa, A., Panda, A., Boisen, N., Smith M., Tatarov, I., DeTolla, L.J., Nataro, J. P. and O'Brien, A.D. Virulence of Shiga-toxin type-2-expressing Escherichia coli O104:H4 German outbreak isolate in two animal models. Infection and Immunity. 2013. 81(5): 1562-1574. PMID: 23439303. PMCID: PMC3647979.

Seekatz, A.M., Panda, A., Rasko, D.A., Toapanta, F.R., Eloe-Fardosh, E.A., Khan, A.Q., Liu, Z., Shipley, S.T., DeTolla, L.J., Sztein, M.B., and Fraser, C.M.Differential Response of Cynomolgus Macaque Gut Microbiota to Shigella Infection. PLoS ONE. 2013. Jun 5; 8(6):e64212. doi: 10.1317/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 Salmonella bacterimia. Comparative Immunology, Microbiology and Infectious Diseases. July 2014. Vol. 37; 211-220. 2014. PMID:233732.

Higginson, E.E., Panda, A., Toapanta, F.R., Terzi, M., Jones, J.A., Sen, S., Permala-Booth, J., Pasetti, M.F., Sztein, M.B., DeTolla, L.J., Levine, M.M., and Tennant, S.M. Immunogenicity and efficacy of live-attenuated Salmonella Typhimurium vaccine candidate CVD 1926 in a rhesus macaque model of gastroenteritis. Infection and Immunity. 2021 Sep 16; 89(10):e0008721. doi:10.1128/IAI.00087-21. Epub 2021 July 26. 

Complete list of published of Dr. Panda's work can be found on Pubmed.

Awards and Affiliations

  • 2002 - Student Travel Grant Award, 21st Annual American Society for Virology Meeting, University of Kentucky                               
  • 2002 - David B. Snyder Graduate Student Research Award, University of Maryland, College Park                           
  • 2003 - Marcie Baker Graduate Student Scholarship for Outstanding Research, University of Maryland College Park                            
  • 2004 - Student Travel Grant Award, 22nd Annual American Society for Virology Meeting, University of California, Davis                           
  • 2009 - Outstanding Alumnus Early Career Award, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Maryland, College Park                                              

Grants and Contracts

Grants and contracts (selected): 

PI: Myron M. Levine
03/01/2014 - 02/28/2019
Immunoprophylactic Strategies to Control Emerging Enteric Infections.

PIs: R.N. Barth and S.T. Bartlett
09/18/2013 - 09/17/2018
Vascularized bone marrow regulates allo-responses to vascularized composite  allografts.                                           

PI: Myron M. Levine
03/01/2002- 02/28/2014
Middle Atlantic Regional Center of Excellence for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases
(MARCE) Regional Centers of Excellence for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases Research (NHP Core)

PI: Marcelo B. Sztein
06/01-2009 - 05/31/2014
Identify the immunological mechanisms that mediate effective protection from shigellois following vaccination and natural infection with Shigella dysenteriae 1 in cynomolgus macaques.

PI: Louis J. DeTolla
(Henry Jackson Foundation)
Pathogenicity of Shiga-toxin producing E. coli.