Payal Agarwal, PhD

Assistant Research Professor

Payal Agarwal Photo


Department of Pathobiology
Scott-Ritchey Research Center

Auburn University
College of Veterinary Medicine
1130 Wire Road
Auburn, AL 36849


Agarwal Cancer Immunotherapy Research Laboratory



PhD, Auburn University, Veterinary Biomedical Sciences, 2012
MSc, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, India, 2005
BSc, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, India, 2003



Dr. Agarwal is an Assistant Research Professor in the Scott Ritchey Research Center and Department of Pathobiology. She received her BSc and MSc from Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, India. She obtained an Auburn University Cellular and Molecular Biosciences (AU-CMB) doctoral graduate fellowship in 2005 and received a Ph.D. in Veterinary Biomedical sciences from Auburn University in 2012.

Research Interests


Dr. Agarwal’s research is focused on exploring and enhancing recombinant adenoviral vectors and their use in gene therapy, centered on, but not limited to, cancer therapeutics. Her research group is developing novel tumor-selective oncolytic viruses to stimulate anti-tumor immune responses and chimeric antigen receptor T (CAR T) cells against cancer-specific cell surface antigens. Her research also includes the identification of cell surface receptors involved in Canine adenovirus type 2 (CAV2) binding and internalization and corresponding binding and internalization motifs of those receptors on CAV2 capsid. Lastly, another aspect of her research is to identify cancer-specific biomarkers from the liquid biopsy of cancer patients.

Publications and Links


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