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John L Sullivan MD

TitleProfessor Emeritus
InstitutionUMass Chan Medical School
DepartmentProgram in Molecular Medicine
AddressUMass Chan Medical School
373 Plantation Street Two Biotech Suite 200
Worcester MA 01605
Phone508-856-1638
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    InstitutionT.H. Chan School of Medicine
    DepartmentMicrobiology and Physiological Systems

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    DepartmentPathology

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    DepartmentPediatrics
    DivisionPediatric Immunology & Infectious Diseases

    InstitutionT.H. Chan School of Medicine
    DepartmentProgram in Molecular Medicine


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    Le Moyne College, Syracuse, NY, United StatesBSBiology
    State University of New York at Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY, United StatesMD

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    Academic Background

    John L. Sullivan received his BS from LeMoyne College in 1968 and his MD from SUNY Upstate Medical School, Syracuse, in 1972. From 1973 to 1975, he served as a staff associate in the Division of Virology at the NIH Bureau of Biologics in Bethesda, Maryland. He completed his pediatric training and clinical immunology at the University of Washington. In 1978, he joined the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. In 1984 the American Heart Association awarded him an Established Investigatorship. Dr. Sullivan served on the Immunological Sciences Study Section 1982-1986 and was a Charter Member of AIDS and Related Research Study Section (1990-92) of the NIH.

    Epstein-Barr Virus [EBV] and Human Immunodeficiency Virus [HIV]

    John L. Sullivan, MDResearch in this laboratory is aimed at understandingthe pathogenesis of chronic infection with Epstein-Barr Virus [EBV] and Human Immunodeficiency Virus [HIV]. Studies of EBV are focused on the nature of the immune response which controls but does not eradicate viral replication and the nature of the immune defect which results in the X-linked lymphoproliferative syndrome. Studies of HIV are focused on the elucidation and characterization of HIV gene mutations which result in infections associated with long term control of viral replication and/or lack of disease progression.

    Experimental therapeutic and preventative vaccine approaches are also being studied. These include combination antiretroviral agents to interrupt viral replication and recombinant vector or live attenuated vaccines to prevent HIV-1 infection. Of particular interest is the development of therapeutics and vaccine regimens which can be used in the developing world to interrupt maternal to child transmission.


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    1. Hale JE, Platt CD, Bonilla FA, Hay BN, Sullivan JL, Johnston AM, Pasternack MS, Hesterberg PE, Meissner HC, Cooper ER, Barmettler S, Farmer JR, Fisher D, Walter JE, Yang NJ, Sahai I, Eaton RB, DeMaria A, Notarangelo LD, Pai SY, Comeau AM. Ten Years of Newborn Screening for Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID) in Massachusetts. J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract. 2021 05; 9(5):2060-2067.e2. PMID: 33607339.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    2. McManus M, Mick E, Hudson R, Mofenson LM, Sullivan JL, Somasundaran M, Luzuriaga K. Early Combination Antiretroviral Therapy Limits Exposure to HIV-1 Replication and Cell-Associated HIV-1 DNA Levels in Infants. PLoS One. 2016; 11(4):e0154391. PMID: 27104621.
      Citations: 20     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
    3. Wang S, Kishko M, Wan S, Wang Y, Brewster F, Gray GE, Violari A, Sullivan JL, Somasundaran M, Luzuriaga K, Lu S. Pilot study on the immunogenicity of paired Env immunogens from mother-to-child transmitted HIV-1 isolates. Hum Vaccin Immunother. 2012 Nov 01; 8(11):1638-47. PMID: 23151449.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:HumansCellsPHPublic Health
    4. Kishko M, Somasundaran M, Brewster F, Sullivan JL, Clapham PR, Luzuriaga K. Genotypic and functional properties of early infant HIV-1 envelopes. Retrovirology. 2011 Aug 15; 8:67. PMID: 21843318.
      Citations: 24     Fields:    Translation:HumansCellsPHPublic Health
    5. Clute SC, Naumov YN, Watkin LB, Aslan N, Sullivan JL, Thorley-Lawson DA, Luzuriaga K, Welsh RM, Puzone R, Celada F, Selin LK. Broad cross-reactive TCR repertoires recognizing dissimilar Epstein-Barr and influenza A virus epitopes. J Immunol. 2010 Dec 01; 185(11):6753-64. PMID: 21048112.
      Citations: 36     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
    6. Luzuriaga K, Sullivan JL. Infectious mononucleosis. N Engl J Med. 2010 May 27; 362(21):1993-2000. PMID: 20505178.
      Citations: 154     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
    7. Mehta N, Trzmielina S, Nonyane BA, Eliot MN, Lin R, Foulkes AS, McNeal K, Ammann A, Eulalievyolo V, Sullivan JL, Luzuriaga K, Somasundaran M. Low-cost HIV-1 diagnosis and quantification in dried blood spots by real time PCR. PLoS One. 2009 Jun 05; 4(6):e5819. PMID: 19503790.
      Citations: 16     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
    8. Greenough TC, Cunningham CK, Muresan P, McManus M, Persaud D, Fenton T, Barker P, Gaur A, Panicali D, Sullivan JL, Luzuriaga K. Safety and immunogenicity of recombinant poxvirus HIV-1 vaccines in young adults on highly active antiretroviral therapy. Vaccine. 2008 Dec 09; 26(52):6883-93. PMID: 18940219.
      Citations: 18     Fields:    Translation:HumansCellsCTClinical Trials
    9. Newell ML, Huang S, Fiore S, Thorne C, Mandelbrot L, Sullivan JL, Maupin R, Delke I, Watts DH, Gelber RD, Cunningham CK. Characteristics and management of HIV-1-infected pregnant women enrolled in a randomised trial: differences between Europe and the USA. BMC Infect Dis. 2007 Jun 20; 7:60. PMID: 17584491.
      Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:HumansCellsPHPublic Health
    10. Clute SC, Watkin LB, Cornberg M, Naumov YN, Sullivan JL, Luzuriaga K, Welsh RM, Selin LK. Cross-reactive influenza virus-specific CD8+ T cells contribute to lymphoproliferation in Epstein-Barr virus-associated infectious mononucleosis. J Clin Invest. 2005 Dec; 115(12):3602-12. PMID: 16308574.
      Citations: 90     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
    11. Greenough TC, Carville A, Coderre J, Somasundaran M, Sullivan JL, Luzuriaga K, Mansfield K. Pneumonitis and multi-organ system disease in common marmosets (Callithrix jacchus) infected with the severe acute respiratory syndrome-associated coronavirus. Am J Pathol. 2005 Aug; 167(2):455-63. PMID: 16049331.
      Citations: 61     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    12. Farrow MA, Somasundaran M, Zhang C, Gabuzda D, Sullivan JL, Greenough TC. Nuclear localization of HIV type 1 Vif isolated from a long-term asymptomatic individual and potential role in virus attenuation. AIDS Res Hum Retroviruses. 2005 Jun; 21(6):565-74. PMID: 15989462.
      Citations: 12     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
    13. Greenough TC, Babcock GJ, Roberts A, Hernandez HJ, Thomas WD, Coccia JA, Graziano RF, Srinivasan M, Lowy I, Finberg RW, Subbarao K, Vogel L, Somasundaran M, Luzuriaga K, Sullivan JL, Ambrosino DM. Development and characterization of a severe acute respiratory syndrome-associated coronavirus-neutralizing human monoclonal antibody that provides effective immunoprophylaxis in mice. J Infect Dis. 2005 Feb 15; 191(4):507-14. PMID: 15655773.
      Citations: 85     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    14. Luzuriaga K, Sullivan JL. Prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV infection. Clin Infect Dis. 2005 Feb 01; 40(3):466-7. PMID: 15668872.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    15. Cunningham CK, Balasubramanian R, Delke I, Maupin R, Mofenson L, Dorenbaum A, Sullivan JL, Gonzalez-Garcia A, Thorpe E, Rathore M, Gelber RD. The impact of race/ethnicity on mother-to-child HIV transmission in the United States in Pediatric AIDS Clinical Trials Group Protocol 316. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2004 Jul 01; 36(3):800-7. PMID: 15213563.
      Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic HealthCTClinical Trials
    16. Luzuriaga K, McManus M, Mofenson L, Britto P, Graham B, Sullivan JL. A trial of three antiretroviral regimens in HIV-1-infected children. N Engl J Med. 2004 Jun 10; 350(24):2471-80. PMID: 15190139.
      Citations: 45     Fields:    Translation:HumansCellsCTClinical Trials
    17. Sullivan JL. Prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV--what next? J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2003 Sep; 34 Suppl 1:S67-72. PMID: 14562860.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    18. Mirochnick M, Dorenbaum A, Blanchard S, Cunningham CK, Gelber RD, Mofenson L, Culnane M, Sullivan JL. Predose infant nevirapine concentration with the two-dose intrapartum neonatal nevirapine regimen: association with timing of maternal intrapartum nevirapine dose. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2003 Jun 01; 33(2):153-6. PMID: 12794547.
      Citations: 11     Fields:    Translation:HumansCellsCTClinical Trials
    19. Precopio ML, Sullivan JL, Willard C, Somasundaran M, Luzuriaga K. Differential kinetics and specificity of EBV-specific CD4+ and CD8+ T cells during primary infection. J Immunol. 2003 Mar 01; 170(5):2590-8. PMID: 12594286.
      Citations: 26     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
    20. Moodley D, Moodley J, Coovadia H, Gray G, McIntyre J, Hofmyer J, Nikodem C, Hall D, Gigliotti M, Robinson P, Boshoff L, Sullivan JL. A multicenter randomized controlled trial of nevirapine versus a combination of zidovudine and lamivudine to reduce intrapartum and early postpartum mother-to-child transmission of human immunodeficiency virus type 1. J Infect Dis. 2003 Mar 01; 187(5):725-35. PMID: 12599045.
      Citations: 62     Fields:    Translation:HumansCellsPHPublic HealthCTClinical Trials
    21. Dorenbaum A, Cunningham CK, Gelber RD, Culnane M, Mofenson L, Britto P, Rekacewicz C, Newell ML, Delfraissy JF, Cunningham-Schrader B, Mirochnick M, Sullivan JL. Two-dose intrapartum/newborn nevirapine and standard antiretroviral therapy to reduce perinatal HIV transmission: a randomized trial. JAMA. 2002 Jul 10; 288(2):189-98. PMID: 12095383.
      Citations: 88     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic HealthCTClinical Trials
    22. Somasundaran M, Sharkey M, Brichacek B, Luzuriaga K, Emerman M, Sullivan JL, Stevenson M. Evidence for a cytopathogenicity determinant in HIV-1 Vpr. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2002 Jul 09; 99(14):9503-8. PMID: 12093916.
      Citations: 45     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
    23. Cunningham CK, Chaix ML, Rekacewicz C, Britto P, Rouzioux C, Gelber RD, Dorenbaum A, Delfraissy JF, Bazin B, Mofenson L, Sullivan JL. Development of resistance mutations in women receiving standard antiretroviral therapy who received intrapartum nevirapine to prevent perinatal human immunodeficiency virus type 1 transmission: a substudy of pediatric AIDS clinical trials group protocol 316. J Infect Dis. 2002 Jul 15; 186(2):181-8. PMID: 12134253.
      Citations: 20     Fields:    Translation:HumansCellsPHPublic HealthCTClinical Trials
    24. Haran JP, Greenough TC, Luzuriaga K, Sullivan JL, Flanigan T, Somasundaran M. Enhanced culture method for detection of replication-competent virus in peripheral blood mononuclear cells of HIV type 1-infected individuals. AIDS Res Hum Retroviruses. 2002 May 20; 18(8):577-83. PMID: 12036487.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
    25. Catalina MD, Sullivan JL, Brody RM, Luzuriaga K. Phenotypic and functional heterogeneity of EBV epitope-specific CD8+ T cells. J Immunol. 2002 Apr 15; 168(8):4184-91. PMID: 11937579.
      Citations: 28     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
    26. Luzuriaga K, Sullivan JL. Pediatric HIV-1 infection: advances and remaining challenges. AIDS Rev. 2002 Jan-Mar; 4(1):21-6. PMID: 11998780.
      Citations: 19     Fields:    Translation:HumansCellsPHPublic Health
    27. Sullivan JL. The abnormal gene in X-linked lymphoproliferative syndrome. Curr Opin Immunol. 1999 Aug; 11(4):431-4. PMID: 10448142.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
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