John H. Connor, PhD
Associate Professor
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
Virology, Immunology & Microbiology

PhD, Duke University
BA, Swarthmore College

My laboratory studies the virus-host interaction. We take a variety of approaches from genetic to systems biology to biochemistry and molecular biology. We are studying how viruses take over the cellular protein synthesis apparatus, how cells effectively fight virus infection, and how the host responds to infection with viruses that cause hemorrhagic fever.

Boston University
National Emerging Infectious Disease Lab

Boston University
Genome Science Institute

Boston University
Bioinformatics Graduate Program

Graduate Faculty (Primary Mentor of Grad Students)
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine, Graduate Medical Sciences

Determinants of COVID19-induced venous thrombosis and targeted therapy assessed with bioengineered vein-chip
05/01/2021 - 04/30/2025 (PI)
NIH/National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

Advancement of a poxvirus inhibitor
03/12/2020 - 02/28/2025 (PI)
NIH/National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases

Development of a rVSV Vectored Vaccine for Lassa Virus: Nonhuman Primate Efficacy and Immunogenicity Studies
09/01/2021 - 08/31/2023 (Subcontract PI)
University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston DOD DTRA

Deep sequencing of pathogens to precisely define transmission networks using rare variants
06/01/2021 - 05/31/2023 (Subcontract PI)
President and Fellows of Harvard College dba Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health NIH NIAID

GeoSentinel – The Global Surveillance Network of ISTM and CDC
05/01/2022 - 04/30/2023 (Subcontract PI)
International Society of Travel Medicine HHS CDC

Culture of SARS-CoV-2 variants of interest from the Massachusetts region
10/01/2021 - 03/31/2023 (Subcontract PI)
President & Fellows of Harvard College on behalf of Harvard Medical School China Evergrande Gr

Modular point-of-care platform for differential diagnosis of viral hemorrhagic fevers
02/14/2022 - 02/22/2023 (Subcontract PI)

B-BIC RADX-Rad: Unlu (BU) Subcontract
12/21/2020 - 08/31/2022 (Co-Investigator)
The Brigham and Women's Hospital, Inc. NIH NHLBI

Antimicrobial Surface Coatings to Reduce COVID-19 Spread
11/18/2020 - 08/24/2022 (Subcontract PI)
Physical Sciences, Inc. DOD Air Force

SARS-CoV-2 Variants in the Tufts population
04/01/2021 - 03/31/2022 (PI)
Trustees of Tufts College, Inc

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Yr Title Project-Sub Proj Pubs
2023 Determinants of COVID19-induced venous thrombosis and targeted therapy assessed with bioengineered vein-chip 5R01HL157790-03
2023 Advancement of poxvirus inhibitor 5R01AI151559-04
2022 Determinants of COVID19-induced venous thrombosis and targeted therapy assessed with bioengineered vein-chip 5R01HL157790-02
2022 Advancement of poxvirus inhibitor 5R01AI151559-03
2021 Determinants of COVID19-induced venous thrombosis and targeted therapy assessed with bioengineered vein-chip 1R01HL157790-01
2021 Advancement of poxvirus inhibitor 5R01AI151559-02
2020 Advancement of poxvirus inhibitor 1R01AI151559-01
2019 Genetic probing of residues involved in ebolavirus glycoprotein entry 5R21AI135517-02 1
2018 Genetic probing of residues involved in ebolavirus glycoprotein entry 1R21AI135517-01 1
2017 Assessment of infection route and vulnerability of neural precursor classes to Zika virus 5R21NS101151-02 3
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  1. Woolsey C, Strampe J, Fenton KA, Agans KN, Martinez J, Borisevich V, Dobias NS, Deer DJ, Geisbert JB, Cross RW, Connor JH, Geisbert TW. A recombinant vesicular stomatitis virus-based vaccine provides postexposure protection against Bundibugyo ebolavirus infection. J Infect Dis. 2023 Jun 08. PMID: 37290053
  2. Tseng AE, Carossino M, Gertje HP, O'Connell AK, Gummuluru S, Kolachalama VB, Balasuriya UBR, Connor JH, Bennett RS, Liu DX, Hensley LE, Crossland NA. Hepatic proinflammatory myeloid phenotypes are a hallmark of Ebola virus Kikwit pathogenesis in rhesus monkeys. Vet Pathol. 2023 Jul; 60(4):473-487.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37170900
  3. Carmola LR, Turcinovic J, Draper G, Webner D, Putukian M, Silvers-Granelli H, Bombin A, Connor BA, Angelo KM, Kozarsky P, Libman M, Huits R, Hamer DH, Fairley JK, Connor JH, Piantadosi A, Bourque DL. Genomic Epidemiology of a Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 Outbreak in a US Major League Soccer Club: Was It Travel Related? Open Forum Infect Dis. 2023 Jun; 10(6):ofad235.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37323423; PMCID: PMC10264064; DOI: 10.1093/ofid/ofad235;
  4. Chen DY, Turcinovic J, Feng S, Kenney DJ, Chin CV, Choudhary MC, Conway HL, Semaan M, Close BJ, Tavares AH, Seitz S, Khan N, Kapell S, Crossland NA, Li JZ, Douam F, Baker SC, Connor JH, Saeed M. Cell culture systems for isolation of SARS-CoV-2 clinical isolates and generation of recombinant virus. iScience. 2023 May 19; 26(5):106634.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37095858; PMCID: PMC10083141; DOI: 10.1016/j.isci.2023.106634;
  5. Bouton TC, Atarere J, Turcinovic J, Seitz S, Sher-Jan C, Gilbert M, White L, Zhou Z, Hossain MM, Overbeck V, Doucette-Stamm L, Platt J, Landsberg HE, Hamer DH, Klapperich C, Jacobson KR, Connor JH. Viral Dynamics of Omicron and Delta Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) Variants With Implications for Timing of Release from Isolation: A Longitudinal Cohort Study. Clin Infect Dis. 2023 Feb 08; 76(3):e227-e233.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35737948; PMCID: PMC9278204; DOI: 10.1093/cid/ciac510;
  6. Petros BA, Turcinovic J, Welch NL, White LF, Kolaczyk ED, Bauer MR, Cleary M, Dobbins ST, Doucette-Stamm L, Gore M, Nair P, Nguyen TG, Rose S, Taylor BP, Tsang D, Wendlandt E, Hope M, Platt JT, Jacobson KR, Bouton T, Yune S, Auclair JR, Landaverde L, Klapperich CM, Hamer DH, Hanage WP, MacInnis BL, Sabeti PC, Connor JH, Springer M. Early Introduction and Rise of the Omicron Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) Variant in Highly Vaccinated University Populations. Clin Infect Dis. 2023 Feb 08; 76(3):e400-e408.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35616119; PMCID: PMC9213864; DOI: 10.1093/cid/ciac413;
  7. Chen DY, Chin CV, Kenney D, Tavares AH, Khan N, Conway HL, Liu G, Choudhary MC, Gertje HP, O'Connell AK, Adams S, Kotton DN, Herrmann A, Ensser A, Connor JH, Bosmann M, Li JZ, Gack MU, Baker SC, Kirchdoerfer RN, Kataria Y, Crossland NA, Douam F, Saeed M. Spike and nsp6 are key determinants of SARS-CoV-2 Omicron BA.1 attenuation. Nature. 2023 Mar; 615(7950):143-150.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36630998
  8. Chen DY, Kenney D, Chin CV, Tavares AH, Khan N, Conway HL, Liu G, Choudhary MC, Gertje HP, O'Connell AK, Kotton DN, Herrmann A, Ensser A, Connor JH, Bosmann M, Li JZ, Gack MU, Baker SC, Kirchdoerfer RN, Kataria Y, Crossland NA, Douam F, Saeed M. Role of spike in the pathogenic and antigenic behavior of SARS-CoV-2 BA.1 Omicron. bioRxiv. 2023 Jan 10.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36263066; PMCID: PMC9580375; DOI: 10.1101/2022.10.13.512134;
  9. Seymour E, Ünlü MS, Connor JH. A high-throughput single-particle imaging platform for antibody characterization and a novel competition assay for therapeutic antibodies. Sci Rep. 2023 Jan 06; 13(1):306. PMID: 36609657; PMCID: PMC9821353; DOI: 10.1038/s41598-022-27281-w;
  10. Boytz R, Seitz S, Gaudiano E, Patten JJ, Keiser PT, Connor JH, Sharpe AH, Davey RA. Inactivation of Ebola Virus and SARS-CoV-2 in Cell Culture Supernatants and Cell Pellets by Gamma Irradiation. Viruses. 2022 Dec 23; 15(1).View Related Profiles. PMID: 36680083; PMCID: PMC9866162; DOI: 10.3390/v15010043;
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Bar chart showing 139 publications over 27 distinct years, with a maximum of 15 publications in 2017


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