Adjunct & Affiliated Faculty

Adjunct & Affiliated Faculty Name & Biography

Dr. Shankar Mondal, Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor 

Email: shankar.mondal@maryland.gov

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Dr. Mondal is the Laboratory Director and Avian Pathologist at the Salisbury Animal Health Laboratory of the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA), where he provides poultry diagnostic and consulting services for MDA and poultry producers, including the large Delmarva broiler industry. Prior to his arrival to MDA in 2018, he worked as poultry veterinarian for a pasture-raised organic layer company based in New York.  Dr. Mondal has a strong background in research and diagnosis of infectious diseases of poultry and collaboration with the poultry industry. After coming to the USA in 1998, he joined the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine where he initiated his research on avian infectious bronchitis virus (IBV) and worked with extension and poultry diagnostic services. Dr. Mondal has a wealth of experience through post-doctoral works with molecular biology aspects of IBV, Marek’s disease virus, avian poxvirus, avian influenza virus, and reverse-genetic systems of equine arteritis virus. He has been an instructor in avian diseases diagnostics and production medicine at Cornell University and University of California at Davis. Dr. Mondal served as Country Team Leader of USAID/STOP AI (Avian Influenza) Bangladesh project (2009-10) and as International Consultant for Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations in Bangladesh (2011-12). He is the author or co-author of 17 peer-reviewed research papers, and has been active in presenting his research findings at national and international meetings.

 

Dr. Mondal received his PhD in Comparative Pathology in 2005 from the University of California at Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. He has a DVM degree and an MS in Microbiology from Bangladesh Agricultural University. Dr. Mondal is a Diplomate of the American College of Poultry Veterinarians since 2008.

Dr. Maria Salvato, Adjunct Professor

Email: msalvato@ihv.umaryland.edu

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Maria Salvato, PhD is a virologist known for her studies of pathogenic RNA viruses.  She received her PhD at UC Berkeley on the molecular biology of plant viruses like Tobacco Mosaic virus, she did post-doctoral work on RNA processing and used phage in “genome walking” as envisioned by Sydney Brenner.   Since 1985, the Salvato laboratory has conducted research on arenaviruses like LCMV and Lassa fever virus.   Dr. Salvato completed the first arenavirus sequence in 1989, discovered a new viral gene product, p11 Z, showed that p11 Z was the smallest known zinc-binding RING protein and that it interacts with PML, eIF4E and serves as a viral Matrix protein.  Although most of Dr. Salvato’s research involves the arenaviruses, she has also collaborated on studies of HIV, SIV and SHIV to co-author 30 publications with Dr. C. David Pauza. In collaboration with Dr. Igor Lukashevich, her laboratory developed monkey models for viral hemorrhagic fever and tested Lassa fever vaccines in primates. When she moved from Wisconsin to Maryland in 2000, she initiated transcriptomic and proteomic profiling of mildly- and virulently-infected rhesus macaques to find biomarkers that would predict the development of hemorrhagic fever. She discovered that virulent infections suppress antiviral responses in the infected cells, resulting in greater viremia as well as greater inflammatory responses from uninfected bystander cells. In addition to bench science, Dr. Salvato has become involved in global science policy: serving on the International Committee for Taxonomy of Viruses, organizing an AAAS workshop on Technology Transfer, sitting on WHO committees for pandemic containment, and serving on an European Union-sponsored panel to promote Responsible Research and Innovation (i.e. devoted to the principles of public engagement, open access, ethical research, gender equity, inclusivity, and diversity.  As an Adjunct Professor in the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Salvato will bring her broad knowledge of virology and her dedication to promoting Responsible Research and Innovation.

 

  1. Maria Salvato (ed) 2018.  Hemorrhagic Fever Viruses, https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-1-4939-6981-4
  2. Salvato MS, Domi A, Guzmán-Cardozo C, Medina-Moreno S, Zapata JC, Hsu H, McCurley N, Basu R, Hauser M, Hellerstein M, Guirakhoo F.  2019. A Single Dose of Modified Vaccinia Ankara Expressing Lassa Virus-like Particles Protects Mice from Lethal Intra-cerebral Virus Challenge  Pathogens. 2019 Aug 28;8(3):133. doi: 10.3390/pathogens8030133.
  3. Radoshitzky SR, Buchmeier MJ, Charrel RN, Clegg JCS, Gonzalez JJ, Günther S, Hepojoki J, Kuhn JH, Lukashevich IS, Romanowski V, Salvato MS, Sironi M, Stenglein MD, de la Torre JC, Ictv Report Consortium.  ICTV Virus Taxonomy Profile: Arenaviridae.  J Gen Virol. 2019 Aug;100(8):1200-1201. doi: 10.1099/jgv.0.001280. Epub 2019 Jun 13.PMID: 31192784 
  4. Colizzi et al, 2019. Structural Transformation to attain Responsible BioSciences (STARBIOS)…..Project to promote Responsible Research and Innovation. JMIR Res Protoc. 2019 Mar 7;8(3):e11745. doi: 10.2196/11745.
  5. Zapata JC, Medina-Moreno S, Guzmán-Cardozo C, Salvato MS.  Improving the breadth of the host’s reponse to Lassa virus.  Pathogens. 2018 Oct 28;7(4):84. doi: 10.3390/pathogens7040084.

 

Dr. Shaik O. Rahaman, Associate Professor 

Email: srahaman@umd.edu

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Shaik O. Rahaman, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Nutrition and Food science at the University of Maryland, USA. His laboratory is interested in elucidating the molecular signaling events underlying the pathogenesis of various inflammatory diseases, specifically, atherosclerosis and fibrosis. Using a multipronged approach involving cells from null mouse strains (apoE null, apoE/Trpv4 double null, and Trpv4fl/flmac null), in vivo and in vitro assay systems, intravital microscopy, mouse models of atherosclerosis and fibrosis, in vivo and in vitro measurements of Ca2+ flux, atomic force microscopy, traction force microscopy, fluorescent imaging techniques, and various genetic/molecular/physiological approaches, the Rahaman lab investigates how Ca2+-elicited signaling and mechanotransduction regulate fibrogenesis and atherogenesis. Dr. Rahaman earned his PhD in Molecular Biology at Jadavpur University, and a BS in Human Physiology (Honors), and an MS in Biophysics and Molecular Biology from University of Calcutta. From 2000-2014, Dr. Rahaman worked at Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, USA, as a Postdoctoral Fellow, eventually as a Project Scientist studying signal transduction in Cell Biology and Oncology. Dr. Rahaman was honored with Elsa Albrecht Award by Cleveland Clinic, which is awarded for outstanding publication. He is the recipient of the American Heart Association Scientist Development Grant, NIH R01 gran, and National Science Foundation grant. Dr. Rahaman is the author or co-author of 38 research papers on neurobiology, oncology, atherosclerosis, and fibrosis in high impact international peer-reviewed journals of repute including Cell Metabolism, JBC, Blood, Cancer Research, Oncogene, ATVB, and Journal of Clinical Investigation. Dr. Rahaman has given numerous invited talks nationally and internationally, and is a reviewer/editorial board member in numerous scientific journals. Dr. Rahaman also served as a reviewer for National Institute of Health (USA).

 

Dr. Larry Shelton, Affiliated Clinical Professor 

Email: ljsdvm@umd.edu

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Dr. Larry Shelton is the University Attending Veterinarian and Director, Laboratory Animal Resources at the University of Maryland College Park where he is responsible for overseeing the care and use of animals in various research and education programs across campus. Prior to his arrival to the University in December 2019, Dr. Shelton retired at the rank of Colonel in the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps after over 20 years of active duty service. Dr. Shelton has held a wide range of positions during his career including oversight of animal care and use for the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy; directing multiple animal care and use programs; practicing clinical and preventive medicine; and serving as Director of the U.S. Army’s highly-regarded Laboratory Animal Medicine Residency Program. He has worked with numerous species supporting research and education in a wide array of disciplines, including infectious diseases at all levels of biocontainment, neurology, behavior, radiobiology, immunology, trauma, and environmental science.

Dr. Shelton is a graduate of the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine (DVM, 1999) and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (MPH, 2003). He is a Diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine and a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine. He is also USDA –accredited veterinarian with licenses to practice in the states of Maryland and South Carolina.