Janie French, PhD

Why did you choose the University of Pittsburgh?

I chose the University of Pittsburgh for it's myriad of research opportunities and the variety of mentors. I really enjoyed meeting the students here during my interview and was able to envision myself here. The students seemed genuinely happy to be here and had a great work/life balance.

Education & Training

  • BS in Biochemistry and Spanish, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2017
  • PhD in Microbiology & Immunology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, 2023

Research Interests

Viral transmission; bacterial co-infection; public health


Lee, C. H., Raghunathan, K., Taylor, G. M., French, A. J., Tenorio, R., Fernández de Castro, I., Risco, C., Parker, J. S. L., & Dermody, T. S. (2021). Reovirus Nonstructural Protein σNS Recruits Viral RNA to Replication Organelles. MBio, 12(4), e01408-21. 

Le Sage, V., Jones, J. E., Kormuth, K. A., Fitzsimmons, W. J., Nturibi, E., Padovani, G. H., Arevalo, C. P., French, A. J., Avery, A. J., Manivanh, R., McGrady, E. E., Bhagwat, A. R., Lauring, A. S., Hensley, S. E., & Lakdawala, S. S. (2021). Pre-existing heterosubtypic immunity provides a barrier to airborne transmission of influenza viruses. PLOS Pathogens, 17(2), e1009273.

French, A. J., Natesampillai, S., Krogman, A., Correia, C., Peterson, K. L., Alto, A., Chandrasekar, A. P., Misra, A., Li, Y., Kaufmann, S. H., Badley, A. D., & Cummins, N. W. (2020). Reactivating latent HIV with PKC agonists induces resistance to apoptosis and is associated with phosphorylation and activation of BCL2. PLOS Pathogens, 16(10), e1008906.