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Aloka Abey Bandara, PhD

Research Associate Professor
Aloka Abey Bandara
Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology
VA-MD College of Veterinary Medicine
Virginia Tech
205 Duck Pond Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061

PhD, Animal Sciences, 1998
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA

MS, Animal Sciences, 1989
University of Peradeniya
Sri Lanka

BS, Agricultural Sciences, 1986
University of Peradeniya
Sri Lanka

  • Elucidation of virulence mechanisms of pathogenic bacteria and development of vaccines and diagnostics for infectious diseases
  • Elucidation of mitochondrial electron transport mechanism and modulation of mitochondrial function to treat infectious and genetic diseases

2021–present
Research Associate Professor

Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology
Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA

2004–2016
Research Assistant Professor

Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology
Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA

2000–2004
Post-doctoral Associate

Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology
Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA

  • United States patent (US 7,364,745 B2): Live, attenuated, recombinant vaccine for brucellosis
  • United States provisional patent (PCT/US2020/053511): NDUFS2 subunit knockout human cell line
  • United States provisional patent (VTIP 20-080; 63/032,463): Succinate dehydrogenase subunit D deficient cells and uses thereof