College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Department of Veterinary Medicine

Sunil Khattar

 

PhD Assistant Research Professor

E-mail: skhattar@umd.edu
Phone: 301-314-0687
Fax: 301-314-6855

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Education and Professional Experience

  • 2007 Assistant Research Professor, Veterinary Virology, Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Maryland, College Park, MD. 
  • 2001 Group Leader- Molecular Biology, Ranbaxy Laboratories Limited, Gurgaon, India.
  • 1998 Faculty Research Associate, Veterinary Virology, Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Maryland, College Park, MD.
  • 1992 Ph.D (Molecular Virology), Department of Veterinary Microbiology, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada
  • 1987 Master of Veterinary Sciences (Veterinary Microbiology) College of Veterinary Sciences, Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar, India.
  • 1984 Bachelor of Veterinary Sciences and Animal Husbandry (B.V.Sc & A.H), College of Veterinary Sciences, Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar, India
  • Current Research Topics - Paramyxovirus Pathogenesis and Vaccine Development Project
  • Engineering Newcastle disease virus (NDV) and other poultry paramyxoviruses as a vaccine vector for animal and human pathogens using Reverse Genetics technologies.
  • Studying the mechanisms and identifying the molecular determinants of paramyxovirus pathogenesis.

 

Recent Publications

  • Xiao S., Khattar S.K., Subbiah M., Collins PL, Samal S.K. Mutation of the f-protein cleavage site of avian paramyxovirus type 7 results in furin cleavage, fusion promotion, and increased replication in vitro but not increased replication, tissue tropism, or virulence in chickens.
  • J Virol. 2012 Apr;86(7):3828-38. doi: 10.1128/JVI.06765-11. Epub 2012 Jan 18.
  • Samal S., Khattar S.K., Kumar S., Collins P.L., Samal S.K. Coordinate deletion of N-glycans from the heptad repeats of the fusion F protein of Newcastle disease virus yields a hyperfusogenic virus with increased replication, virulence, and immunogenicity. J Virol. 2012 Mar;86(5):2501-11. doi: 10.1128/JVI.06380-11. Epub 2011 Dec 28.
  • Khattar S.K., Samal S., Devico A.L., Collins P.L., Samal S.K. 3. Newcastle disease virus expressing human immunodeficiency virus type 1 envelope glycoprotein induces strong mucosal and serum antibody responses in Guinea pigs. J Virol. 2011 Oct;85(20):10529-41. doi: 10.1128/JVI.05050-11. Epub 2011 Aug 17. 
  • Samal S., Kumar S., Khattar S.K., Samal S.K. A single amino acid change, Q114R, in the cleavage-site sequence of Newcastle disease virus fusion protein attenuates viral replication and pathogenicity. J Gen Virol. 2011 Oct;92(Pt 10):2333-8. doi: 10.1099/vir.0.033399-0. Epub 2011 Jun 15.
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