Faculty and Staff

Chintapenta, Lathadevi

Chintapenta Karuna CAS

Lathadevi Chintapenta

Assistant Professor

Office: 406 Ag Science Building



  • BS: Andhra University, India 2000
  • MS: Nagarjuna University, India 2002
  • PhD: North Orissa University, India 2010
  • Postdoctoral Studies: Delaware State University, 2012 - 2016
  • Research Scientist: Delaware State University, 2016 - 2018

Courses Taught:

  • BIOL 324 Microbiology
  • BIOL 160 General Biology Freshmen Research
  • BIOL 195 Freshman Research Experience
  • BIOL 312 Microbial Ecology

Research Interests:

Studying Host-Microbe interactions to understand the underlying mechanisms involved in protecting the host against environmental stressors. This research includes microbiome and metabolomic analysis, students involved in this research will perform microbial community analysis, bioinformatic analysis, analysis of differential gene expression and metabolite analysis. Students with interests in General Biology or Field Biology will have research opportunities


2022 Chintapenta LK, Ommanney KI, Ozbay G. Presence and Plant Uptake of Heavy Metals in Tidal Marsh Wetland Soils. Front Public Health. 2022 Feb 21;10:821892. PMID: 35265575; PMCID: PMC8899020. 

2020 Almuhaideb E, Chintapenta LK, Abbott A, Parveen S, Ozbay G (2020). Assessment of Vibrio parahaemolyticus levels in oysters (Crassostrea virginica) and seawater in Delaware Bay in relation to environmental conditions and the prevalence of molecular markers to identify pathogenic Vibrio parahaemolyticus strains. PLOS ONE 15(12): e0242229.

2020 Parveen, S., Jacobs, J., Ozbay, G., Chintapenta, L. K., Almuhaideb, E., Meredith, J., Ossai, S., Abbott, A., Grant, A., Brohawn, K., Chigbu, P., Richards, G. P. (2020). Seasonal and Geographical Differences in Total and Pathogenic Vibrio parahaemolyticus and Vibrio vulnificus Levels in Seawater and Oysters from the Delaware and Chesapeake Bays using Several Methods. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, AEM.01581-20;

2019 Gary P. Richards, Chintapenta L.K., Michael A. Watson, Amanda G. Abbott, Gulnihal Ozbay, Joseph Uknalis, Abolade A. Oyelade, and Salina Parveen. Bacteriophages against Pathogenic Vibrios in Delaware Bay Oysters (Crassostrea virginica) during a Period of High Levels of Pathogenic Vibrio parahaemolyticus, Food and Environmental Virology, 07 January,

2018 Chintapenta L.K., Kathryn J. Coyne, Amanda Pappas, Katherine Lee, Venu Kalavacharla, and Gulnihal Ozbay. Monitoring the Diatom Communities of Delaware Tidal Wetlands in Response to Water Quality. Frontiers in Environmental Science, 02 July,

2018 Ozbay, G., Chintapenta, L.K., Lingham, T., Lumor, S., Lee, J., Besong, S. Delaware Inland Bays and Market Oyster (Crassostrea virginica) Quality for Consumption, Journal of Food Quality Volume 2018, Article ID 8765149, 17 pages

2017 Cannon, A., Chintapenta, L.K., and Ozbay, G. Monitoring heavy metals near wastewater facility in Delaware Inland Bays tidal canal. Journal of Water Resource and Protection 09(08):985-998.

2017 Ozbay, G., Chintapenta, L.K., Cannon, A., and Hannum, K. A review article on Effects of Microbial and Heavy Metal Contaminants on Environmental/ Ecological Health and Revitalization of Coastal Ecosystems in Delaware Bay. Frontiers in Environmental Science. 5:26.

2016 Stone ML., Roseke K., Chintapenta LK., Phalen L., Kalavacharla V., and Ozbay G. 2016. A Water Quality Investigation of Blackbird Creek, Delaware. Frontiers in Environmental Science 4:70.

2016 Lingham T., Ye M., Chen H., Chintapenta LK., Handy E., Zhao J., Wu C., and Ozbay G. Effects of High Hydrostatic Pressure on the Physical, Microbial, and Chemical Attributes of Oysters (Crassostrea virginica). Journal of Food Science 8(5): M1158-M1166.

2014 Ozbay G., Roeske K., Chintapenta LK., Kalavacharla V., Stone M., and Phalen L. Land Use Impacts: The Effects of Non-Native Grasses on Marsh and Aquatic Ecosystems. Journal of Ecosystem and Ecography 4(2):151. ISSN: 2157-7625.

2014 Chintapenta LK., Rath CC., Bapuji M., and Ozbay G. Pigment Production from a Mangrove Penicillium. African Journal of Biotechnology, 13(26): 2668-2674.

2014 Chintapenta LK., Rath CC., Bapuji M., and Ozbay G. Culture Conditions for Growth and Pigment Production of a Mangrove Penicillium species. Journal of Multidisciplinary Scientific Research, 2014,2(3):01-05.

2014 Ozbay G., Chambliss S., Wikfors GK., Adolf JE., Chintapenta LK., and Place AR. 2014. The Growth Response of Prorocentrum minimum Pavill. (Dinophyta) to Karlotoxin Exposure. International Journal on Algae, 16(1): 95–105.

2009 Chintapenta LK., Bapuji M., Rath CC., and Murthy YLN. Isolation of mangrove fungi from Godavari and Krishna deltas of Andhra Pradesh, India. Journal of Ecobiology, 24(1) 91-96.

2007 Chintapenta LK., Bapuji M., Rath CC., and Murthy YLN. Pigment Production by a mangrove Penicillium. Journal of Microbial World, 9(1): 21-26.