Siba Samal, Professor
Paramyxovires Pathogenesis and Vaccine Development
1976: Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology, India, Veterinary Medicine, B.V.Sc. & A.H.
1978: Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Veterinary Virology, M.V.Sc.
1981: Texas A & M University, Veterinary Virology, M.S.
1985: Texas A & M University (Co-op Program with Baylor College of Medicine), Molecular Virology, Ph.D.
1985 - 1986: Baylor College of Medicine, Molecular Virology, Postdoctoral
1986 - 1988: Plum Island Animal Disease Center, Molecular Virology, Postdoctoral
1988: Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Microbiologist
1998 - present: Professor Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Maryland
2002 - 2017: Associate Dean and Department Chair Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Maryland
2001: Interim Associate Dean and Interim Department Chair Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Maryland
1994 - 2001: Special Volunteer Laboratory of Infectious Diseases, National Institute of Health, Bethesda, Maryland
1994: Visiting Scientist (on sabbatical leave) Laboratory of Infectious Diseases, National Institute of Health, Bethesda, Maryland. Advisor: Dr. Peter L. Collins
1993 - 1998: Associate Professor Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Maryland
1993 - 1998: Assistant Professor Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Maryland
1986 - 1988: Postdoctoral Fellow Molecular Biology Section, Plum Island Animal Disease Center, U.S.D.A. Advisor: Dr. Marvin J. Grubman
1985 - 1986: Postdoctoral Fellow Department of Virology, Baylor College of Medicine. Advisor: Dr. R. Frank Ramig
Current Research Topics
Identification of molecular determinants of paramyxovires virulence
Identification of the mechanisms of paramyxovires pathogenesis
Molecular characterization of new and emerging avian paramyxoviruses
Engineering avian paramyxoviruses as vaccine vectors against animal and human disease
Development of novel avian paramyxovirus using vectors reverse genetics system
Avian paramyxoviruses as oncolytic agents
The Biology of Paramyxoviruses, Caister Academic Press, 2011.
Avian Virology: Current Research and Future Trends, Caister Academic Press, 2019
Viral Vectors in Veterinary Vaccine Development. A Textbook. Co-edited by Vanniasinkam, Tikoo, and Samal. Springer Nature, in press, 2019.
Section Editor, veterinary RNA viruses, Virology Journal
Academic Editor, Plos One
Editorial Board Member, Virus Research
Editorial Board Member, Virus Diseases
Guest Editor, Newcastle Disease Vaccines: Current Research and Future Trends, Pathogens, 2019
Publications (more than 170 publications)
Viktorova EG, Khattar SK, Kouiavskaia D, Laassri M, Zagorodnyaya T, Dragunsky E, Samal S, Chumakov K, Belov GA. Newcastle Disease Virus-Based Vectored Vaccine against Poliomyelitis. J Virol. 92(17), 2018 Aug 16.
Michelle Meyer, Asuka Yoshida, Palaniappan Ramanathan, Erica Ollmann Saphire, Peter L. Collins, James E. Crowe, Jr., Siba Samal, and Alexander Bukreyev, Antibody Repertoires to the Same Ebola Vaccine Antigen Are Differentially Affected by Vaccine Vectors. Cell Rep. 24(7), 1816-1829, 2018 Aug 14.
Shirvani E, Paldurai A, Manoharan VK, Varghese BP, Samal SK, A Recombinant Newcastle Disease Virus (NDV) Expressing S Protein of Infectious Bronchitis Virus (IBV) Protects Chickens against IBV and NDV. Sci Rep. 10(8), 2018 Aug 10.
Manoharan VK, Khattar SK, LaBranche CC, Montefiori DC, Samal SK, Modified Newcastle Disease virus as an improved vaccine vector against Simian Immunodeficiency virus. Sci Rep. 8(1), 2018 Jun 12.
Manoharan VK, Varghese BP, Paldurai A, Samal SK. Effect of fusion protein cleavage site sequence on generation of a genotype VII Newcastle disease virus vaccine. PLoS One. 13(5), 2018 May 14.
Yoshida A, Samal SK, Avian Paramyxovirus Type-3 as a Vaccine Vector: Identification of a Genome Location for High-Level Expression of a Foreign Gene. Front Microbiol. 8(693), 2017 Apr 20.
Kim SH, Chen Z, Yoshida A, Paldurai A, Xiao S, Samal SK, Evaluation of fusion protein cleavage site sequences of Newcastle disease virus in genotype matched vaccines. PLoS One. 12(3), 2017 Mar 24.
Kim SH, Paldurai A, Samal SK, A novel chimeric Newcastle disease virus vectored vaccine against highly pathogenic avian influenza virus. Virology. 503:31-36, 2017 Mar.
Awards and Honors
Outstanding Invention of the Year Award, 1990, University of Maryland, College Park
Pfizer Award for Research Excellence, VA-MD College of Veterinary Medicine, 2000
Excellence in Research Award, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Alumni Association, University of Maryland, College Park, 2007
Dean Gordon Cairns Award for Distinguished Creative Work and Teaching, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Maryland, College Park, 2007
Faculty Research Award, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Maryland, College Park, 2013
Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology, 2014
Distinguished Veterinary Microbiologist of the Year Award 2014, The American College of Veterinary Microbiologists
Phibro Animal Health Excellence in Poultry Research Award, 2015, The American Association of Avian Pathologists
WVPA-Boehringer Ingelheim Innovation in Vaccination Award, 2015, The World Veterinary Poultry Association