John Coffin, PhD

John Coffin, PhD

Professor of Molecular Biology & Microbiology

 

Education

BA, Biology, Wesleyan University
PhD, Molecular Biology, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Postdoctoral Training, Institut für Molekularbiologie, University of Zürich

Location

Campus: Boston
Office: Jaharis 409
Laboratory: Jaharis 401

Contact Information

Office Phone: 617-636-6528
Lab Phone: 617-636-6526
E-mail   Send an e-mail

Links

Research Web Site  Lab Research Page
Recent Publications  Abstract in PubMed

Graduate Programs

GeneticsImmunologyMolecular Microbiology

 

Research Synopsis

Our research interests revolve around obtaining a better understanding of the interaction of retroviruses with their host cells and organisms. We use simple retroviruses (avian and murine viruses) to elucidate the nature of the retrovirus-receptor interaction; the mechanism and specificity of integration of viral DNA into host DNA; control of viral gene expression; mechanism of retroviral genetic variation; and evolution of the host-virus relationship, as revealed by the fossil record provided by endogenous proviruses found in the normal DNA of all vertebrates and many other species.

 

Lab Members

Neeru Bhardwaj, MERGE-ID PhD Student in Molecular Microbiology Send an e-mail  Lab Research Page
Michael Freeman, PhD Student in Biochemistry Send an e-mail  Lab Research Page
Joseph Holloway, PhD Student in Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics Send an e-mail  Lab Research Page
Meagan Montesion, PhD Student in Genetics Send an e-mail  Lab Research Page
Farrah Roy, PhD Student in Genetics Send an e-mail  Lab Research Page
Zachary Williams, PhD Student in Molecular Microbiology Send an e-mail  Lab Research Page
John Yoon, MERGE-ID PhD Student in Immunology Send an e-mail  Lab Research Page

Application for 2015 Admission

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The deadline for PhD programs is December 15, 2014.