John J. Dennehy

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Research Interests

  • Viruses, bacteriophages, gene expression control, cellular event timing, mathematical modeling, virus molecular biology, virus evolution and ecology, systems biology

Education

  • Ph.D. in Biology from Clark University
  • M.S. in Zoology from University of Idaho

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Affiliated Campus(es)

  • Queens College

John Dennehy is a virologist who is interested in all aspects of virus biology ranging from virus molecular biology to virus ecology and evolution. Dr. Dennehy earned a Ph.D. at Clark University and was a postdoctoral fellow at Yale University and the State University of New York At Albany prior to joining the faculty at Queens College in 2007. Research in the Dennehy Laboratory employs bacteriophages, rotaviruses, and coronaviruses as model organisms to test predictions generated by theory and mathematical modeling. We probe how viruses evolve at the molecular level to best exploit host cells and propagate in host populations. Additionally, we explore gene expression regulatory mechanisms to determine how processes such as virus infection, assembly, and life history event timing are controlled. Other topics of interest include the biology of virus collective infection via extracellular vesicles, virus coevolution and exploitation of hosts, phage therapy, and virus systems biology. Dr. Dennehy has published over 50 articles, book chapters and conference papers on virus biology. He is also a Senior Editor for Microbiology Resource Announcements, an Associate Editor for Virus Evolution, and a Curator for the American Society of Microbiology’s COVID-19 Research Registry.

Awards and Grants

  • Phylodynamics and Evolution of SARS-CoV-2 in NYC (NYC Department of Environmental Protection)
  • Metapopulation Modeling to Develop Strategies to Reduce COVID-19 Transmission in Public Spaces (National Science Foundation)
  • Novel Strategies for Treating Biofilm-Forming Pathogens with Phage Therapy (National Institutes of Health)
  • Consequences and Control of Randomness in the Timing of Intracellular Events (National Institutes of Health)

Professional Affiliations and Memberships

  • American Society for Microbiology
  • American Society of Naturalists
  • American Society for Virology
  • Society for the Study of Evolution
  • World Society for Virology

Courses Taught

  • General Microbiology
  • Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases
  • Evolution
  • Phage Hunters

Publications

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Affiliated Campus(es)

  • Queens College