Adjunct & Affiliated Faculty Name & Biography
Dr. Shankar Mondal, Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor
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
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.
Dr. Shaik O. Rahaman, Associate Professor
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
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.
CHINTA M. LAMICHHANE, BVSc & AH, PhD
With 35 years of experience in the field of animal health and as President and Chief Scientific Officer of Biotech Laboratories, USA, LLC, I am focused on the research and development of innovative veterinary and human diagnostics.
The late Dr. David Snyder and I also pioneered the immunoassay technology for profiling poultry health status (flock profiling system), which was introduced to the poultry industry in the 1980s. The technology is designed for rapid diagnosis, determination of vaccine efficacy, and disease epidemiological studies. It has received worldwide acceptance as a standard method for serological profiling of animal diseases. This system continues to be marketed by numerous global animal health diagnostics companies including Pfizer Animal Health/Zoetis, Inc. In addition, the OTL office of the University of Maryland has licensed several diagnostic reagents to Zoetis during his tenure with the School of Veterinary Medicine. These reagents are still part of the diagnostics kits marketed by Zoetis.
I am also an adjunct faculty affiliated with the University of Maryland, College Park’s College of Veterinary Medicine. My academic and industry activities have led to peer-reviewed articles in veterinary medicine and trade journals.
Dr. Joan K Lunney
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Joan K Lunney is a Supervisory Research Scientist in the Animal Parasitic Diseases Laboratory, Beltsville Agricultural Research Center (BARC), Agricultural Research Service (ARS), USDA. Dr. Lunney obtained her B.S. in Chemistry from Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, PA, and her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD. She is an internationally recognized authority on pig immunology and genomics. Her current research focuses on swine immunology, genomics, and resistance to diseases, particularly to porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS). She coleads the US PRRS Host Genomics Consortium which assesses the role of genetics in determining pig resistance and susceptibility to PRRS virus infection, pathology and associated growth effects. She has collaborated with Canadian scientists to determine mechanisms of fetal resistance to congenital PRRS virus infection. She is actively involved in Swine Immune Toolkit efforts developing and characterizing monoclonal antibodies reactive against swine cell subset antigens and immune proteins, the cytokines and chemokines.
Dr. Lunney is very actively involved in mentoring younger scientists, particularly women scientists. She was selected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1998) and of the International Society for Animal Genetics (2017), received the ARS national Outreach Diversity, and Equal Opportunity Award (2014), and was inducted into the ARS Hall of Fame (2019). She has served on numerous grant panels, journal editorial boards and in leadership positions for animal genetic and veterinary immunology societies.
Lunney JK, Van Goor A, Walker K, Hailstock T, Franklin J, Dai C. 2021. Importance of the pig as a human biomedical model. Science Translational Medicine. 13: eabd5758. doi: 10.1126/scitranslmed.abd5758. PMID: 34818055.
Van Goor A, Walker K, Pasternak A, Malgarin C, MacPhee DJ, Harding JCS, Lunney JK. 2020. Fetal Controlled Immune Response to PRRS virus reveals Placenta Initiates Fetal Demise while Dysregulation in Fetal Thymus is indicative of Viral Load. BMC Genomics. 21:763 doi.org/10.1186/s12864-020-07154-0.
Dong Q, Dunkelberger J, Lim K-S, Lunney JK, Tuggle CK, Rowland RRR, Dekkers JCM. 2021. Associations of natural variation in the CD163 and other candidate genes on host response of nursery pigs to PRRSV infection. J Anim Sci. 99: skab274. doi: 10. 1093/jas/skab274.
Pasternak JA, MacPhee DJ, Lunney JK, Rowland RRR, PigGen Canada, Dyck MK, Fortin F, Dekkers JCM, Plastow GS, Harding JCS. 2021. Thyroid dysfunction in feeder pigs following polymicrobial or porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus-2 challenge. J An Sci. 99: skab325. doi: 10.1093/jas/skab325.
Mair KH, Crossman AJ, Wagner B, Babasyan S, Noronha L, Boyd P, Zarlenga D, Stadler M. van Dongen KA, Gerner W, Saalmueller A, Lunney JK. 2022. The Natural Cytotoxicity Receptor NKp44 (NCR2, CD336) is expressed on the majority of porcine NK cells ex vivo without stimulation. Frontiers Immunol. 13: 767530. doi: 10.3389/fimmu.2022.767530.
Manirarora J, Walker K, Patil V, Renukaradhya G, LaBresh J, Sullivan Y, Francis O, Lunney JK. 2022. Development and characterization of new monoclonal antibodies against porcine Interleukin -17A and Interferon-gamma. Frontiers Immunol. Comparative Immunology. 13:786396. doi: 10.3389/fimmu.2022.786396.
link to Dr. Lunney’s Google Scholar Page