Rachel Fearns, PhD

Associate Professor, Microbiology

Rachel Fearns
72 E. Concord St Housman (R)


Expertise in paramyxovirus genome transcription and replication mechanisms.

Other Positions

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


  • University of St Andrews, PhD
  • University of Leeds, BS


  • Published on 12/28/2018

    Badolo A, Burt F, Daniel S, Fearns R, Gudo ES, Kielian M, Lescar J, Shi Y, von Brunn A, Weiss SR, Hilgenfeld R. Third Tofo Advanced Study Week on Emerging and Re-emerging Viruses, 2018. Antiviral Res. 2018 Dec 28; 162:142-150. PMID: 30597184.

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  • Published on 9/11/2018

    Cox RM, Toots M, Yoon JJ, Sourimant J, Ludeke B, Fearns R, Bourque E, Patti J, Lee E, Vernachio J, Plemper RK. Development of an allosteric inhibitor class blocking RNA elongation by the respiratory syncytial virus polymerase complex. J Biol Chem. 2018 Oct 26; 293(43):16761-16777. PMID: 30206124.

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  • Published on 7/27/2018

    Cressey TN, Noton SL, Nagendra K, Braun MR, Fearns R. Mechanism for de novo initiation at two sites in the respiratory syncytial virus promoter. Nucleic Acids Res. 2018 Jul 27; 46(13):6785-6796. PMID: 29873775.

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  • Published on 7/27/2018

    Yoon JJ, Toots M, Lee S, Lee ME, Ludeke B, Luczo JM, Ganti K, Cox RM, Sticher ZM, Edpuganti V, Mitchell DG, Lockwood MA, Kolykhalov AA, Greninger AL, Moore ML, Painter GR, Lowen AC, Tompkins SM, Fearns R, Natchus MG, Plemper RK. Orally Efficacious Broad-Spectrum Ribonucleoside Analog Inhibitor of Influenza and Respiratory Syncytial Viruses. Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 2018 Aug; 62(8). PMID: 29891600.

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  • Published on 5/3/2018

    Atienza BJP, Jensen LD, Noton SL, Ansalem AKV, Hobman T, Fearns R, Marchant DJ, West FG. Dual Catalytic Synthesis of Antiviral Compounds Based on Metallocarbene-Azide Cascade Chemistry. J Org Chem. 2018 Jul 06; 83(13):6829-6842. PMID: 29663810.

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  • Published on 12/27/2017

    Braun MR, Deflubé LR, Noton SL, Mawhorter ME, Tremaglio CZ, Fearns R. RNA elongation by respiratory syncytial virus polymerase is calibrated by conserved region V. PLoS Pathog. 2017 12; 13(12):e1006803. PMID: 29281742.

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  • Published on 1/16/2017

    Fearns R, Plemper RK. Polymerases of paramyxoviruses and pneumoviruses. Virus Res. 2017 Apr 15; 234:87-102. PMID: 28104450.

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  • Published on 8/27/2016

    Fearns R, Deval J. New antiviral approaches for respiratory syncytial virus and other mononegaviruses: Inhibiting the RNA polymerase. Antiviral Res. 2016 Oct; 134:63-76. PMID: 27575793.

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  • Published on 4/29/2016

    Aljabr W, Touzelet O, Pollakis G, Wu W, Munday DC, Hughes M, Hertz-Fowler C, Kenny J, Fearns R, Barr JN, Matthews DA, Hiscox JA. Investigating the Influence of Ribavirin on Human Respiratory Syncytial Virus RNA Synthesis by Using a High-Resolution Transcriptome Sequencing Approach. J Virol. 2016 May 15; 90(10):4876-88. PMID: 26656699.

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  • Published on 4/6/2016

    Duvall JR, VerPlank L, Ludeke B, McLeod SM, Lee MD, Vishwanathan K, Mulrooney CA, Le Quement S, Yu Q, Palmer MA, Fleming P, Fearns R, Foley MA, Scherer CA. Novel diversity-oriented synthesis-derived respiratory syncytial virus inhibitors identified via a high throughput replicon-based screen. Antiviral Res. 2016 Jul; 131:19-25. PMID: 27059228.

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