Purdue University associate professor of food science Arun Bhunia holds a culture of human cells. Bhunia exposes the cells to Listeria bacteria in pathogenicity testing in his lab. For his research on food bacteria, Bhunia will receive the 2003 Agricultural Research Award from the Purdue School of Agriculture. (Agricultural Research photo/Tom Campbell)
Arun Bhunia's (pronounced Ah-rhun Boone-ya) early interest in animal diseases led him naturally to research, which has expanded into developing tiny sensors designed to detect dangerous bacteria, a realm of science he never fathomed when growing up on a farm in India.
Arun Bhunia's immediate neighbors in , are 16 individuals in 5 households.