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Teresa Johnson, MS, PhD

Teresa Johnson

Teresa Johnson, MS, PhD

Discipline Chair for Microbiology and Immunology
Virginia Campus

Academic Office 232; Lab Office CMMID 112; Labs CMMID Rooms 1 and 2

540-231-5747 lab
trjohnson [at]
Curriculum Vitae: 


2001 National Institutes of Health Post-doctoral Fellowship
2000 Vanderbilt University School of Medicine Post-doctoral Fellowship
1999 Vanderbilt University School of Medicine PhD - Microbiology and Immunology
1990 Virginia Commonwealth University, Medical College of Virginia MS - Microbiology and Immunology
1985 Liberty University BS - Mathematics

Awards and Honors

  • 9th International Respiratory Syncytial Virus Symposium, November 2014, Travel Grant
  • Patent: US-20100247621 A1. Graham BS, Johnson, TR. Codon Modified Immunogenic Compositions and Methods of Use.
  • Patent pending: WO2009092113. Graham BS, Buck CB, Johnson TR, Kines RC, Nicewonger JD, Roberts JN, Schiller JT Use Of Hpv Virus-like Particles To Deliver Gene-based Vaccines.

Current Professional Organizations

  • Member, American Association of Immunologists
  • Member, American Society for Microbiology
  • Member, Federation of Clinical Immunology Societies
  • Member, International Cytokine and Interferon Society
  • Member, Society for Leukocyte Biology

Current Research Projects

  • Developing a lamb model for the study of human and bovine RSV disease
  • Development of a nosocomial bacterial vaccine
  • Development of a point-of-care diagnostic kit for bacterial and viral pneumonia
  • Development of a point-of-care diagnostic kit for bacterial and viral pneumonia
  • Effect of boron on UV-induced skin cancer
  • Evaluation of respiratory syncytial virus pathogenesis


Year Published Faculty Citation PMID

Prater R, Johnson TR, Stoner AM, Cannon MD, Sriranganathan N. Animals, Humans and the Environment in the Epidemiology of Chikungunya Virus [case study]. AAVMC/APTR. 2015:


Kines RC, Zarnitsyn V, Johnson TR, et. al. Vaccination with human papillomavirus pseudovirus-encapsidated plasmids targeted to skin using microneedles. PLoS One. 2015 Mar 18;10(3):e0120797.


Johnson TR, Rangel D, Graham BS, Brough DE, and Gall JG. Genetic vaccine for respiratory syncytial virus provides protection without disease potentiation. Molecular Therapy. 2014 Jan; 22(1):196-205. PMID: 23752342.


Hillyer P, Raviv N, Gold DM, Dougherty D, Liu J, Johnson TR, Graham BS, Rabin RL. Subtypes of type I IFN enhance cytokine expression by suboptimally stimulated CD4+ T cells. European Journal of Immunology. 2013 Dec; 43(12):3197-208.


Quinn KM, Yamamoto A, Costa A, Darrah PA, R. Lindsay RW, Hegde ST, Johnson TR, Flynn BJ, Lore K, Seder RA. Coadministration polyinosinic:polycytidylic acid and immunostimulatory complexes modifies antigen processing in dendritic cell subsets and enhances HIV gag-specific T cell immunity. Journal of Immunology. 2013 Nov 15: 191(10):5085-96. PMID: 24089189.