Sujit Kumar Pujhari

  • Assistant Research Professor
Sujit Kumar Pujhari
W127 Millennium Science Complex
University Park, PA 16802
Work Phone: 814-863-3668

Areas of Expertise

  • Molecular Virology
  • Arboviruses
  • Host-pathogen interactions
  • Immunology


  1. PhD Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India. 2011
  2. MSc Sambalpur University, Odisha, India. 2003

Postdoctoral Training  
The Pennsylvania State University, USA. 2015-2018
Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization-International Vaccine Centre, University of Saskatchewan, Canada. 2012-2015

Chaverra-Rodriguez D, Macias VM, Hughes GL, Pujhari S, Suzuki Y, Peterson DR, Kim D, McKeand S, Rasgon JL. 2018. Targeted delivery of CRISPR-associated endonuclease 9 (Cas9) into arthropod ovaries for heritable germline gene editing. Nature Communications. In press.

Dodson BL, Pujhari S, Rasgon JL. Vector competence of selected North American Anopheles and Culex mosquitoes for Zika virus. PeerJ. 2018 Feb 15; 6:e4324.

Pujhari S, Rasgon JL, Zakhartchouk AN. Anti-apoptosis in Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus. Virulence. 2016 23:1-2. (Corresponding author)

Pujhari S, Zakhartchouk AN. Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus envelope (E) protein interacts with mitochondrial proteins and induces apoptosis. Archives of Virology. 2016;161(7):1821-30

Hansra S, Pujhari S, Zakhartchouk AN. Exploration of New Sites in Adenovirus Hexon for Foreign Peptides Insertion. Open Virol J. 2015; 9:1-6.

Pujhari S, Kryworuchko M, Zakhartchouk AN. Role of phosphatidylinositol-3-kinase (PI3K) and the mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) signalling pathways in porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) replication. Virus Res. 2014 19; 194:138-44.

Mishra B, Gupta PK, Dhiman V, Pujhari SK, Sharma M, Ratho RK. Clinical applicability of various dengue diagnostic tests in resource-limited endemic settings. J Glob Infect Dis. 2014; 6(3):109-13.

Pujhari S, Baig TT, Zakhartchouk AN. Potential role of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus structural protein GP2 in apoptosis inhibition. Biomed Res Int. 2014: 160505.

Mishra B, Pujhari SK, Dhiman V, Mahalakshmi P, Bharadwaj A, Pokhrel S, Sharma D, Sharma M, Bhatia D, Ratho RK. Genotyping and subtyping of mumps virus isolatesfrom the Indian subcontinent. Arch Virol. 2013; 158(11):2359-63.

Pujhari SK, Prabhakar S, Ratho R, Mishra B, Modi M, Sharma S, Singh P. Th1 immune response takeover among patients with severe Japanese encephalitis infection. J Neuroimmunol. 2013; 263(1-2):133-8.

Majumdar M, Singh MP, Pujhari SK, Bhatia D, Chawla Y, Ratho RK. Hepatitis E virus antigen detection as an early diagnostic marker: Report from India. Journal of Medical Virology. 2013; 85(5):823-7.

Pujhari S, Baig TT, Hansra S, Zakhartchouk AN. Development of a DNA-launched replicon as a vaccine for porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus. Virus Res. 2013; 173(2):321-6.

Pujhari SK, Ratho RK, Prabhakar S, Mishra B, Modi M. TNF-α promoter polymorphism: a factor contributing to the different immunological and clinical phenotypes in Japanese encephalitis. BMC Infect Dis. 2012; 12:23.

Parida M, Shukla J, Sharma S, Ranghia Santhosh S, Ravi V, Mani R, Thomas M, Khare S, Rai A, Kant Ratho R, Pujari S, Mishra B, Lakshmana Rao PV, Vijayaraghavan R. Development and evaluation of reverse transcription loop-mediated isothermal amplification assay for rapid and real-time detection of the swine-origin influenza A H1N1 virus. J Mol Diagn. 2011; 13(1):100-7.

Kumar S, Pujhari SK, Chawla YK, Chakraborti A, Ratho RK. Molecular detection and sequence analysis of hepatitis E virus in patients with viral hepatitis from North India. Diagn Microbiol Infect Dis. 2011; 71(2):110-7.

Mishra B, Sharma M, Pujhari SK, Ratho RK, Gopal DS, Kumar CN, Sarangi G, Chayani N, Varma SC. Utility of multiplex reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction for diagnosis and serotypic characterization of dengue and chikungunya viruses in clinical samples. Diagn Microbiol Infect Dis. 2011; 71(2):118-25.

Pujhari SK, Prabhakar S, Ratho RK, Modi M, Sharma M, Mishra B. A novel mutation (S227T) in domain II of the envelope gene of Japanese encephalitis virus circulating in North India. Epidemiol Infect. 2011; 139(6):849-56.

Mishra B, Sharma M, Pujhari SK, Appannanavar SB, Ratho RK. Clinical applicability of single-tube multiplex reverse-transcriptase PCR in dengue virus diagnosis and serotyping. J Clin Lab Anal. 2011; 25(2):76-8.

Pujhari S K, Kumar S,Ratho R K, Chawala YK, Chakorborty A. Phylogenetic analysis and subtyping of Acute and fulminant strains of Hepatitis E Virus Isolates of North India with reference to disease severity. Archives of Virology. 2010; 155(9):1483-6.