John H. Connor, PhD

Associate Professor, Virology, Immunology & Microbiology

John Connor
620 Albany Street


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

  • Faculty, National Emerging Infectious Disease Lab, Boston University
  • Member, Genome Science Institute, Boston University
  • Member, Bioinformatics Graduate Program, Boston University
  • Graduate Faculty (Primary Mentor of Grad Students), Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine, Graduate Medical Sciences


  • Duke University, PhD
  • Swarthmore College, BA


  • Published on 3/8/2024

    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. PMID: 38496468.

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  • Published on 2/14/2024

    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. PMID: 37856283.

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  • Published on 2/7/2024

    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. PMID: 38326031.

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  • Published on 1/9/2024

    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). PMID: 38251369.

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  • Published on 12/14/2023

    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. PMID: 38223743.

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  • Published on 11/15/2023

    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.

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  • Published on 10/20/2023

    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. PMID: 37863905.

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  • Published on 5/12/2023

    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. PMID: 37170900.

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  • Published on 5/5/2023

    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. PMID: 37323423.

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  • Published on 4/10/2023

    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. PMID: 37095858.

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