College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Department of Veterinary Medicine

Siba K. Samal

Ph.D. Associate Dean and Chairman

E-mail: ssamal@umd.edu
Phone: 301 314-6830
Fax: 301-314-6855
Lab: 301-314-5788


Education

  • Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology Veterinary MedicineB.V.Sc. & A.H. 1976
  • Indian Veterinary Research Institute Veterinary Virology M.V.Sc. 1978
  • Texas A & M UniversityVeterinary Virology M.S. 1981
  • Texas A & M University (Co-op Program with Baylor College of Medicine) Molecular Virology Ph.D. 1985
  • Baylor College of Medicine Molecular Virology Postdoctoral 1985-86
  • Plum Island Animal Molecular Virology Postdoctoral 1986-88

 


Professional Experience

  • Indian Council of Agricultural Research Junior Research Fellow in Bacteriology and Virology Indian Veterinary Research Institute, India 1976-78
  • Research Assistant Department of Veterinary Microbiology, Texas A&M University Advisor: Dr. Stewart McConnell 1979-1981
  • Research Assistant Department of Virology, Baylor College of Medicine. Advisor: Dr. R. Frank Ramig 1981-1985
  • Postdoctoral Fellow Department of Virology, Baylor College of Medicine. Advisor: Dr. R. Frank Ramig 1985-86
  • Postdoctoral Fellow Molecular Biology Section, Plum Island Animal Disease Center, U.S.D.A. Advisor: Dr. Marvin J. Grubman 1986-88
  • Assistant Professor Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Maryland 1988-93
  • Associate Professor Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Maryland 1993-98
  • Visiting Scientist (on sabbatical leave) Laboratory of Infectious Diseases, National Institute of Health, Bethesda, Maryland. Advisor: Dr. Peter L. Collins May 1994 - October 1994
  • Special Volunteer Laboratory of Infectious Diseases, National Institute of Health, Bethesda, Maryland November 1994 - 2001
  • Professor Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Maryland 1998 - present
  • Adjunct Professor Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, Virginia Tech 1999 - present
  • Interim Associate Dean and Interim Department Chair Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Maryland July 2001 – December 2001
  • Associate Dean and Department Chair Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Maryland January 2002 - Present

 

Current Research Topics

  • Identification of molecular determinants of paramyxovirus virulence
  • Identification of the mechanisms of paramyxovirus pathogenesis
  • Molecular characterization of new and emerging avian paramyxoviruses
  • Engineering avian paramyxoviruses as vaccine vectors against animal and human pathogens
  • Development of safe and effective vaccines against avian paramyxoviruses using reverse genetics system

 

Publications

  • BulletNayak B, Rout SN, Kumar S, Khalil MS, Fouda MM, Ahmed LE, Earhart KC, Perez DR, Collins PL, Samal SK.Immunization of chickens with Newcastle disease virus expressing H5 hemagglutinin protects against highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza viruses. PLoS One. 2009 Aug 5,4(8):e6509.
  • Kim SH, Yan Y, Samal SK.Role of the cytoplasmic tail amino acid sequences of Newcastle disease virus hemagglutinin-neuraminidase protein in virion incorporation, cell fusion, and pathogenicity. J Virol. 2009 Oct;83(19):10250-5. Epub 2009 Jul 29.
  • Mohamed MH, Kumar S, Paldurai A, Megahed MM, Ghanem IA, Lebdah MA, Samal SK.Complete genome sequence of a virulent Newcastle disease virus isolated from an outbreak in chickens in Egypt.Virus Genes. 2009 Jul 10. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Xiao S, Paldurai A, Nayak B, Subbiah M, Collins PL, Samal SK.Complete genome sequence of avian paramyxovirus type 7 (strain Tennessee) and comparison with other paramyxoviruses.Virus Res. 2009 Oct;145(1):80-91. Epub 2009 Jun 18.
  • Khattar SK, Yan Y, Panda A, Collins PL, Samal SK.A Y526Q mutation in the Newcastle disease virus HN protein reduces its functional activities and attenuates virus replication and pathogenicity. J Virol. 2009 Aug;83(15):7779-82. Epub 2009 May 27.
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