Carolyn B. Coyne, PhD

Carolyn B. Coyne, PhD


9116 Rangos Research Center
4401 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15224

Ph: 412-692-7519

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  • Post-doctoral, Department of Microbiology, University of Pennsylvania
  • PhD in Pharmacology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • BS in Biochemistry, Florida State University

Academic Affiliation

Professor, Department of Pediatrics

Professor, Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics

Professor, Department of Immunology

Director, Center for Microbial Pathogenesis

Member, Magee Women's Research Institute (MWRI)

Member, University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI)

Member, Graduate Program in Microbiology and Immunology (PMI)

About Research

We study the pathways by which viruses cross cellular barriers and the mechanisms by which these barriers restrict viral infections. Our studies primarily focus on the polarized epithelium that lines the gastrointestinal tract and on placental trophoblasts, the cells that comprise the primary cellular barrier of the human placenta. In addition, we also focus on delineating the mechanisms used by RNA viruses to promote their entry, replication, and spread. Our work is highly multidisciplinary and encompasses aspects of cell biology, immunology, and microbiology.

Areas of Interest

Host-pathogen interactions; Innate Immune Signaling