John H. Connor, PhD
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

RFQ #7080-008 Bioinformatics
01/01/2024 - 08/31/2028 (Subcontract PI)
Mapp Biopharmaceutical, Inc. HHS ASPR BARDA

RESTRICTED: RFQ #7080-008 Bioinformatics
01/01/2024 - 08/31/2028 (Subcontract PI)
Mapp Biopharmaceutical, Inc. HHS ASPR BARDA

Development of a rVSV Vectored Vaccine for Lassa Virus: Nonhuman Primate Efficacy and Immunogenicity Studies
09/01/2021 - 08/31/2026 (Subcontract PI)
University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston DOD DTRA

Modular point-of-care platform for differential diagnosis of viral hemorrhagic fevers
10/01/2023 - 09/30/2025 (Subcontract PI)

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

RFQ # 7063-016 Bioinformatics SUB-2021-7063-0008
12/14/2023 - 12/31/2024 (Subcontract PI)
Mapp Biopharmaceutical, Inc. HHS ASPR BARDA

RESTRICTED_RFQ # 7063-016 Bioinformatics SUB-2021-7063-0008
12/14/2023 - 12/31/2024 (Subcontract PI)
Mapp Biopharmaceutical, Inc. HHS ASPR BARDA

New England Pathogen Genomics Center of Excellence
07/01/2023 - 09/29/2024 (Subcontract PI)
Comm. of Mass./Department of Public Health HHS CDC

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

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Yr Title Project-Sub Proj Pubs
2024 Determinants of COVID19-induced venous thrombosis and targeted therapy assessed with bioengineered vein-chip 5R01HL157790-04
2024 Advancement of poxvirus inhibitor 5R01AI151559-05
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
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Publications listed below are automatically derived from MEDLINE/PubMed and other sources, which might result in incorrect or missing publications. Faculty can login to make corrections and additions.

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  1. Kenney D, O'Connell AK, Tseng AE, Turcinovic J, Sheehan ML, Nitido AD, Montanaro P, Gertje HP, Ericsson M, Connor JH, Vrbanac V, Crossland NA, Harly C, Balazs AB, Douam F. Resolution of SARS-CoV-2 infection in human lung tissues is driven by extravascular CD163+ monocytes. bioRxiv. 2024 Mar 08.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38496468; PMCID: PMC10942442; DOI: 10.1101/2024.03.08.583965;
  2. Turcinovic J, Kuhfeldt K, Sullivan M, Landaverde L, Platt JT, Alekseyev YO, Doucette-Stamm L, Hamer DH, Klapperich C, Landsberg HE, Connor JH. Transmission Dynamics and Rare Clustered Transmission Within an Urban University Population Before Widespread Vaccination. J Infect Dis. 2024 Feb 14; 229(2):485-492.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37856283
  3. Ma Q, Srivastav SP, Gamez S, Dayama G, Feitosa-Suntheimer F, Patterson EI, Johnson RM, Matson EM, Gold AS, Brackney DE, Connor JH, Colpitts TM, Hughes GL, Rasgon JL, Nolan T, Akbari OS, Lau NC. Corrigendum: A mosquito small RNA genomics resource reveals dynamic evolution and host responses to viruses and transposons. Genome Res. 2024 Feb 07; 34(1):160.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38326031; PMCID: PMC10903936; DOI: 10.1101/gr.278898.123;
  4. Hume AJ, Olejnik J, White MR, Huang J, Turcinovic J, Heiden B, Bawa PS, Williams CJ, Gorham NG, Alekseyev YO, Connor JH, Kotton DN, Mühlberger E. Heat Inactivation of Nipah Virus for Downstream Single-Cell RNA Sequencing Does Not Interfere with Sample Quality. Pathogens. 2024 Jan 09; 13(1).View Related Profiles. PMID: 38251369; PMCID: PMC10818917; DOI: 10.3390/pathogens13010062;
  5. Overbeck V, Taylor BP, Turcinovic J, Qiu X, Schaeffer B, Seitz S, Curry SR, Hanage WP, Connor JH, Kuppalli K. Successful treatment of SARS-CoV-2 in an immunocompromised patient with persistent infection for 245 days: A case report. Heliyon. 2024 Jan 15; 10(1):e23699.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38223743; PMCID: PMC10784163; DOI: 10.1016/j.heliyon.2023.e23699;
  6. 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 Nov 15; 228(Supplement_7):S712-S720. PMID: 37290053; PMCID: PMC10651203; DOI: 10.1093/infdis/jiad207;
  7. Xia Q, Guo Z, Zong H, Seitz S, Yurdakul C, Ünlü MS, Wang L, Connor JH, Cheng JX. Single virus fingerprinting by widefield interferometric defocus-enhanced mid-infrared photothermal microscopy. Nat Commun. 2023 Oct 20; 14(1):6655.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37863905; PMCID: PMC10589364; DOI: 10.1038/s41467-023-42439-4;
  8. 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
  9. 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;
  10. 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;
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Bar chart showing 145 publications over 28 distinct years, with a maximum of 15 publications in 2017


Is COVID-19 Still a Pandemic?

The Brink 3/4/2024

Were college campuses COVID hot spots? Boston University study shows that test-trace-isolate strategies prevented spread for most COVID cases

Boston Herald 10/17/2023

Public health interventions prevented transmission within BU most SARS-CoV-2 cases

SCIENMAG 10/17/2023

Public health interventions prevented transmission within Boston University of most SARS-CoV-2 cases, finds study

Medical Xpress 10/17/2023

Best of The Brink 2022: BU’s Most-Read Science and Research Stories

BU Today 12/13/2022

COVID-19's Lessons for Future Pandemics

Harvard Medical School 11/17/2022

Coronavirus Alert: U.S. Cases Dip but Deaths Slowly Rising, Michigan Governor Whitmer Tests Positive, and More

Everyday Health 8/10/2022

Study: In-Person Learning Did Not Spread COVID In Classrooms

WBZ News Radio 8/9/2022

BU’s Mask and Vaccination Mandates Prevented Spread of COVID in Classes, Research Finds

BU Today 8/8/2022

Masked, Vaccinated Students Didn’t Catch Covid in Classrooms

Bloomberg 8/5/2022

Masks and mandatory vaccinations ‘halt class Covid transmission’

Times Higher Education 8/5/2022

Boston University study finds in-person learning did not increase COVID-19 transmission

WCVB 8/5/2022

Monkeypox Cases—and Concern—Climbing

BU Today 8/3/2022

How new Boston University School of Medicine study supports current COVID-19 guidelines

WCVB 6/27/2022

A Bellwether for COVID-19

Harvard Medical School 6/8/2022

How Worried Should We Be about Monkeypox?

BU Today 5/25/2022

Is Five Days of COVID Isolation Enough? New BU Study Has Some Answers

BU Today 4/12/2022

BU Scientists Are Prepared to Detect Omicron—and Other Variants

BU Today 12/9/2021

The Omicron Variant Is a Mystery. Here’s How Science Will Solve It

Wired 12/1/2021

Those infected with the Delta variant may be carrying more than a thousand times more viral particles than prior variants

Genetic Literacy Project 8/17/2021

COVID-19 Delta Variant Is 'More Infectious and Replicates Faster', New Study Might Reveal Why

Science Times 7/24/2021

Where did COVID-19 come from?

USA Today 1/16/2021

What Does Pfizer’s Vaccine News Mean for the Coronavirus Pandemic?

BU Today 11/10/2020

Recovered Holyoke Soldiers’ Home vet testing positive for coronavirus raises questions about reinfection

The Boston Herald 7/28/2020

Coronavirus Immunity Studies ‘Encouraging’ For Short-Term Protection From Reinfection, Says BU Immunologist

The Boston Herald 5/5/2020

Mass. Hospitals To Launch Trial Of Japanese Drug Aimed At Fighting COVID-19

WBUR 4/9/2020

Mass. Hospitals To Launch Trail Of Japanese Drug Aimed At Fighting COVID-19

WBUR 4/9/2020

Antibodies found in blood of recovered coronavirus patients could offer a path to treatment

The Boston Herald 3/31/2020

Boston University Researchers Work To Develop Quick Coronavirus Test For Doctors’ Offices

CBS Boston 3/12/2020

Coronavirus Declared a Pandemic, Cases in U.S. and Massachusetts Continue to Rise

The Boston Herald 3/11/2020

COVID-19: What You Should And Shouldn’t Do Now

Futurity 3/4/2020

Coronavirus Is Coming: Dos and Don’ts for Protecting Yourself

BU Today 2/27/2020

Coronavirus Declared a Global Health Emergency by World Health Organization

The Boston Herald 1/30/2020

Robots on the March

Bloomberg Baystate Business 1/24/2020

Why Doesn’t The Flu Freak Us Out More?

Futurity 12/3/2019

Should We Fear The Flu More Than EEE?

BU Today 12/2/2019

Boston Medical Center Pathogen Specialist Hails New Ebola Study Hinting at Possible Cure

Boston Globe 8/12/2019

Amid High-Profile Outbreaks, Benefit of Widespread Asymptomatic Screening Remains Low

Contagion Live 2/14/2019

Spotting Ebola in the Crowd

BU Today 1/28/2019

Rapid diagnostic test detects Ebola, malaria in the field

MedTech DIVE 12/14/2018

New Portable Diagnostic Test For Ebola And Malaria Has Big Public Health Implications

WBUR 12/13/2018

Point-of-care test differentiates Ebola from similar diseases in 30 minutes

Healio ITJ 12/13/2018

Researchers Develop Portable Diagnostic Test For Ebola And Malaria

AAAS 12/12/2018

New Field Test Discerns Between Ebola and Lookalike Fevers

MDDI 12/12/2018

BU Experts on New Ebola Outbreak in Democratic Republic of the Congo

BU Today 5/31/2018

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