Abey Bandara, PhD

Laboratory Manager

  • Characterization mitochondrial biology, and modulation of mitochondrial function for treatment of heart diseases, including myocardial infarction
  • Characterization of host-pathogen interactions leading to host-specific infectivity of intracellular bacterial pathogens
  • Development of vaccines and diagnostics for highly infectious bacterial diseases, including anthrax, brucellosis, glanders, MRSA, and tularemia   

Bandara, A.B., N. Sriranganathan G.G. Schurig, and S.M. Boyle. 2005. Carboxyl-terminal protease regulates Brucella suis morphology in culture and persistence in macrophages and mice. J Bacteriol. 187(16):5767-5775. PMID 16077124.

Bandara, A.B., D. DeShazer, T.J. Inzana, N. Sriranganathan, G.G. Schurig and S.M. Boyle. 2008. A disruption of ctpA encoding carboxy-terminal protease attenuates Burkholderia mallei and induces partial protection in CD-1 mice. Microb Pathog. 2008 Sep;45(3):207-16. PMID 18614331.

Bandara, A.B., S.H. Poff, V. Dobrean, D. Hooover, M. Nikolich, G.G. Schurig, N. Sriranganathan, and S.M. Boyle. 2009. Simultaneous overexpression of homologous and heterologous antigens in attenuated Brucella melitensis. Microbes Infect. 2009 11(3):424-8. PMID 19397881.

Bandara, A.B., A.E. Champion, X. Wang, G. Berg,  M.A. Apicella, M. McLendon, P. Azadi, D. S. Snyder, and T.J. Inzana. 2011. Characterization and Mutagenesis of a Capsule-Like Complex from Francisella tularensis LVS. PLoS One. 2011 April 22;6(4):e19003. PMID 21544194.

Bandara, A.B., Z. Zuo, S. Ramachandran, A. Ritter, J.R. Heflin, and T.J. Inzana, 2015. Detection of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococci by Biosensor Assay Consisting of Nanoscale Films on Optical Fiber Long-Period Gratings. Biosensors and Bioelectronics. 70:433-440. PMID 25845336.

United States patent US 7,364,745 B2.
Development of a live, attenuated, recombinant vaccine for brucellosis

Intellectual Property Disclosure submitted to VT Office for Intellectual Property (VTIP-07-083)
Live Attenuated Recombinant Vaccine for Glanders

Intellectual Property Disclosure submitted to VT Office for Intellectual Property (VTIP-13-314)
Nanoscale Optical Fiber Biosensor Assay to Detect Pathogenic Bacteria, Parasites, and Viruses

Postdoctoral, Center for Molecular Medicine & Infectious Diseases, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University

Ph.D., Animal Sciences, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University

M.Phil., Animal Sciences, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

B.S., Agricultural Sciences, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

Abey Bandara

Integrated Life Sciences Building
1981 Kraft Drive