Department of Medicine

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   Padmapriya P. Banada, PHD, MS


Department of Medicine



Dr. Padmapriya Banada obtained her PhD degree from Mysore University, India for her
work on developing molecular methods for the detection of enterotoxigenic
staphylococci and application in food quality programme. She worked as a postdoctoral
research associate at Bhunia lab in Purdue University, on molecular diagnostics,
immunoassays, cytotoxicity assays, lab-on-chip diagnostics and optical light
scattering technology. She joined New Jersey Medical School as a research scientist
to work with Dr. David Alland. Dr. Banada was a key player in the development of
Xpert MTB/RIF assay and part of the team developing the Xpert MTB ultra. She
developed the novel sample processing methods for blood and stool samples for
detection of TB from immunocompromised patients and children. She is now leading
projects on development of advanced diagnostics in bio-defense and sepsis with
current focus on fungal sepsis and hemorrhagic fever viruses, including Ebola virus.

Dr. Banada has more than 15 years of experience in molecular diagnostics of
infectious diseases and tuberculosis. She is a recipient of Purdue Agriculture team
award and has 5 US and European patents/product licenses to her credit. She has
published over 32 peer-reviewed papers, several book chapters and reviews. She worked
in collaboration with FIND and CDRC on several clinical trials in Africa, involving
Xpert MTB/RIF assay for detection of TB in blood and stool.


PHD, 2004, Mysore University
MS, 1997, Bangalore University, India
BS, 1995, Bangalore University, India

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