John H. Connor, PhD

Associate Professor, Microbiology

John Connor
72 E. Concord St Housman (R)


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.

Other Positions

  • Graduate Faculty (Primary Mentor of Grad Students), Boston University School of Medicine, Division of Graduate Medical Sciences
  • Member, Bioinformatics Graduate Program, Boston University


  • Duke University, PhD
  • Swarthmore College, BA


  • Published on 1/3/2018

    Schultz MJ, Connor JH, Frydman HM. Group B Wolbachia Strain-Dependent Inhibition of Arboviruses. DNA Cell Biol. 2018 Jan; 37(1):2-6. PMID: 29297702.

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  • Published on 11/7/2017

    Speranza E, Altamura LA, Kulcsar K, Bixler SL, Rossi CA, Schoepp RJ, Nagle E, Aguilar W, Douglas CE, Delp KL, Minogue TD, Palacios G, Goff AJ, Connor JH. Comparison of Transcriptomic Platforms for Analysis of Whole Blood from Ebola-Infected Cynomolgus Macaques. Sci Rep. 2017 Nov 07; 7(1):14756. PMID: 29116224.

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  • Published on 9/22/2017

    Lo J, Zhang D, Speranza E, Negron JA, Connor JH. HoTResDB: Host Transcriptional Response Database for Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers. Bioinformatics. 2017 Sep 22. PMID: 29028885.

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  • Published on 9/20/2017

    Speranza E, Connor JH. Host Transcriptional Response to Ebola Virus Infection. Vaccines (Basel). 2017 Sep 20; 5(3). PMID: 28930167.

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  • Published on 9/13/2017

    Mounce BC, Olsen ME, Vignuzzi M, Connor JH. Polyamines and Their Role in Virus Infection. Microbiol Mol Biol Rev. 2017 Dec; 81(4). PMID: 28904024.

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  • Published on 8/12/2017

    Nelson EV, Pacheco JR, Hume AJ, Cressey TN, Deflubé LR, Ruedas JB, Connor JH, Ebihara H, Mühlberger E. An RNA polymerase II-driven Ebola virus minigenome system as an advanced tool for antiviral drug screening. Antiviral Res. 2017 Oct; 146:21-27. PMID: 28807685.

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  • Published on 7/12/2017

    Ruedas JB, Ladner JT, Ettinger CR, Gummuluru S, Palacios G, Connor JH. Spontaneous Mutation at Amino Acid 544 of the Ebola Virus Glycoprotein Potentiates Virus Entry and Selection in Tissue Culture. J Virol. 2017 Aug 01; 91(15). PMID: 28539437.

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  • Published on 6/26/2017

    Schultz MJ, Isern S, Michael SF, Corley RB, Connor JH, Frydman HM. Variable Inhibition of Zika Virus Replication by Different Wolbachia Strains in Mosquito Cell Cultures. J Virol. 2017 Jul 15; 91(14). PMID: 28446677.

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  • Published on 6/26/2017

    Daaboul GG, Freedman DS, Scherr SM, Carter E, Rosca A, Bernstein D, Mire CE, Agans KN, Hoenen T, Geisbert TW, Ünlü MS, Connor JH. Enhanced light microscopy visualization of virus particles from Zika virus to filamentous ebolaviruses. PLoS One. 2017; 12(6):e0179728. PMID: 28651016.

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  • Published on 4/18/2017

    Rossignol ED, Peters KN, Connor JH, Bullitt E. Zika virus induced cellular remodelling. Cell Microbiol. 2017 Aug; 19(8). PMID: 28318141.

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