Deborah Jean Anderson, PhD

Professor, Medicine

Deborah Anderson
670 Albany St Biosquare III


I have expertise in mucosal immunology, and secondarily in virology. I am interested in immune defense of the genital tract against sexually-transmitted pathogens. We are currently working with epithelial cell lines and HIV-1 infection models.

Other Positions

  • Professor, Other OB/GYN, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Boston University School of Medicine
  • Graduate Faculty (Primary Mentor of Grad Students), Boston University School of Medicine, Graduate Medical Sciences


  • University of Texas at Austin, PhD
  • University of Texas at Austin, MS
  • Rice University, BA


  • Published on 6/8/2020

    Anderson DJ, Politch JA, Cone RA, Zeitlin L, Lai SK, Santangelo PJ, Moench TR, Whaley KJ. Engineering monoclonal antibody-based contraception and multipurpose prevention technologies†. Biol Reprod. 2020 Jun 08. PMID: 32607584.

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  • Published on 8/1/2019

    Anderson DJ. Population and the Environment - Time for Another Contraception Revolution. N Engl J Med. 2019 Aug 01; 381(5):397-399. PMID: 31365795.

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  • Published on 1/7/2019

    Pudney J, Wangu Z, Panther L, Fugelso D, Marathe JG, Sagar M, Politch JA, Anderson DJ. Condylomata Acuminata (Anogenital Warts) Contain Accumulations of HIV-1 Target Cells That May Provide Portals for HIV Transmission. J Infect Dis. 2019 01 07; 219(2):275-283. PMID: 30137482.

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  • Published on 10/12/2018

    Bayigga L, Kateete DP, Anderson DJ, Sekikubo M, Nakanjako D. Diversity of vaginal microbiota in sub-Saharan Africa and its effects on HIV transmission and prevention. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2019 02; 220(2):155-166. PMID: 30321529.

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  • Published on 7/17/2017

    Anderson DJ, Politch JA, Zeitlin L, Hiatt A, Kadasia K, Mayer KH, Ruprecht RM, Villinger F, Whaley KJ. Systemic and topical use of monoclonal antibodies to prevent the sexual transmission of HIV. AIDS. 2017 Jul 17; 31(11):1505-1517. PMID: 28463876.

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  • Published on 6/27/2017

    Zhao C, Gunawardana M, Villinger F, Baum MM, Remedios-Chan M, Moench TR, Zeitlin L, Whaley KJ, Bohorov O, Smith TJ, Anderson DJ, Moss JA. Pharmacokinetics and Preliminary Safety of Pod-Intravaginal Rings Delivering the Monoclonal Antibody VRC01-N for HIV Prophylaxis in a Macaque Model. Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 2017 Jul; 61(7). PMID: 28416548.

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  • Published on 5/9/2017

    Daggett GJ, Zhao C, Connor-Stroud F, Oviedo-Moreno P, Moon H, Cho MW, Moench T, Anderson DJ, Villinger F. Comparison of the vaginal environment in rhesus and cynomolgus macaques pre- and post-lactobacillus colonization. J Med Primatol. 2017 Oct; 46(5):232-238. PMID: 28488364.

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  • Published on 4/12/2017

    Hearps AC, Tyssen D, Srbinovski D, Bayigga L, Diaz DJD, Aldunate M, Cone RA, Gugasyan R, Anderson DJ, Tachedjian G. Vaginal lactic acid elicits an anti-inflammatory response from human cervicovaginal epithelial cells and inhibits production of pro-inflammatory mediators associated with HIV acquisition. Mucosal Immunol. 2017 Nov; 10(6):1480-1490. PMID: 28401934.

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  • Published on 7/31/2016

    Politch JA, Mayer KH, Anderson DJ. HIV-1 is undetectable in preejaculatory secretions from HIV-1-infected men on suppressive HAART. AIDS. 2016 Jul 31; 30(12):1899-903. PMID: 27124897.

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  • Published on 6/30/2016

    Wang YY, Schroeder HA, Nunn KL, Woods K, Anderson DJ, Lai SK, Cone RA. Diffusion of Immunoglobulin G in Shed Vaginal Epithelial Cells and in Cell-Free Regions of Human Cervicovaginal Mucus. PLoS One. 2016; 11(6):e0158338. PMID: 27362256.

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