Andrew Pekosz, BS, PhD
Andrew Pekosz received a BS from Rutgers University and a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. He did his postdoctoral studies at Northwestern University before accepting an appointment as Assistant Professor of Molecular Microbiology and Pathology & Immunology at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine in September, 2000. Dr. Pekosz joined the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology at the Bloomberg School of Public Health as an Associate Professor in July, 2007.
He has an active basic science research program focusing on understanding how viruses cause respiratory disease in humans and identifying ways to prevent or treat these infections. Dr. Pekosz has been investigating the basic replication and disease mechanisms of influenza A virus, but has also worked with several other respiratory viruses including SARS-CoV and hantaviruses. His research interests lie in the interaction of viral proteins with cellular proteins and how those interactions lead to successful virus replication.
Dr. Pekosz has been awarded a number of research grants from the National Institutes of Health and other sources and is the co-Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Excellence in Influenza Research and Surveillance (JH-CEIRS). He has authored more than 60 scientific papers, is on the editorial board for the journals Virology, Journal of Virology, PLoS Pathogens and PLoS ONE, and has served on a number of National Institute of Health scientific review boards.
He is a leading expert on the basic biology of influenza and other emerging virus infections and has been interviewed on the topics of influenza and pandemic preparedness by a number of news agencies including National Public Radio’s the Diane Rehm Show, the Associated Press (AP), the Baltimore Sun, the New York Times, the Washington Post, Cable News Network (CNN), CSPAN, British Broadcasting Company (BBC), France24, Voice of America, the Discovery Channel and numerous local radio and television stations. He is a member of the American Society for Virology, American Society for Cell Biology, the American Society for Microbiology and the International Society of Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses.