John Coffin, PhD

John Coffin, PhD

American Cancer Society (Massachusetts Division) Professor of Molecular Biology



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


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


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

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 2016 Admission


The application deadline is December 15, 2015.