Sean Whelan

Professor of Molecular Microbiology, Head of the Department of Molecular Microbiology, Marvin A Brennecke Distinguished Professor of Molecular Microbiology

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    1994 …2022

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    The Whelan laboratory studies the biology of negative-strand (NS) RNA viruses. These viruses have genomes that are complementary to message sense RNA and must therefore carry into the cell the necessary machinery to copy their genomic RNA into mRNA. The genomes of the viruses can be non-segmented (ns) or segmented (s). We use vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV) as a model for the nsNS RNA viruses. The nsNS RNA viruses include some of the most significant human pathogens, as well as a number of highly lethal emerging infections. The work of the laboratory is divided between two major areas of focus: studies of viral gene expression and studies on viral-host cell interactions.


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    • Antibody-mediated broad sarbecovirus neutralization through ACE2 molecular mimicry

      Park, Y. J., De Marco, A., Starr, T. N., Liu, Z., Pinto, D., Walls, A. C., Zatta, F., Zepeda, S. K., Bowen, J. E., Sprouse, K. R., Joshi, A., Giurdanella, M., Guarino, B., Noack, J., Abdelnabi, R., Caroline Foo, S. Y., Rosen, L. E., Lempp, F. A., Benigni, F., Snell, G., & 7 othersNeyts, J., Whelan, S. P. J., Virgin, H. W., Bloom, J. D., Corti, D., Pizzuto, M. S. & Veesler, D., Jan 28 2022, In: Science. 375, 6579

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      30 Scopus citations
    • BSL2-compliant lethal mouse model of SARS-CoV-2 and variants of concern to evaluate therapeutics targeting the Spike protein

      Manangeeswaran, M., Ireland, D. D. C., Thacker, S. G., Lee, H. N., Kelley-Baker, L., Lewkowicz, A. P., Rothlauf, P. W., Cornejo Pontelli, M., Bloyet, L. M., Eckhaus, M. A., Mendoza, M. I., Whelan, S. & Verthelyi, D., Jul 28 2022, In: Frontiers in immunology. 13, 919815.

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    • CD164 is a host factor for lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus entry

      Bakkers, M. J. G., Moon-Walker, A., Herlo, R., Brusic, V., Stubbs, S. H., Hastie, K. M., Saphire, E. O., Kirchhausen, T. L. & Whelan, S. P. J., Mar 8 2022, In: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 119, 10, e2119676119.

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      2 Scopus citations
    • Defining the risk of SARS-CoV-2 variants on immune protection

      DeGrace, M. M., Ghedin, E., Frieman, M. B., Krammer, F., Grifoni, A., Alisoltani, A., Alter, G., Amara, R. R., Baric, R. S., Barouch, D. H., Bloom, J. D., Bloyet, L. M., Bonenfant, G., Boon, A. C. M., Boritz, E. A., Bratt, D. L., Bricker, T. L., Brown, L., Buchser, W. J., Carreño, J. M., & 110 othersCohen-Lavi, L., Darling, T. L., Davis-Gardner, M. E., Dearlove, B. L., Di, H., Dittmann, M., Doria-Rose, N. A., Douek, D. C., Drosten, C., Edara, V. V., Ellebedy, A., Fabrizio, T. P., Ferrari, G., Fischer, W. M., Florence, W. C., Fouchier, R. A. M., Franks, J., García-Sastre, A., Godzik, A., Gonzalez-Reiche, A. S., Gordon, A., Haagmans, B. L., Halfmann, P. J., Ho, D. D., Holbrook, M. R., Huang, Y., James, S. L., Jaroszewski, L., Jeevan, T., Johnson, R. M., Jones, T. C., Joshi, A., Kawaoka, Y., Kercher, L., Koopmans, M. P. G., Korber, B., Koren, E., Koup, R. A., LeGresley, E. B., Lemieux, J. E., Liebeskind, M. J., Liu, Z., Livingston, B., Logue, J. P., Luo, Y., McDermott, A. B., McElrath, M. J., Meliopoulos, V. A., Menachery, V. D., Montefiori, D. C., Mühlemann, B., Munster, V. J., Munt, J. E., Nair, M. S., Netzl, A., Niewiadomska, A. M., O’Dell, S., Pekosz, A., Perlman, S., Pontelli, M. C., Rockx, B., Rolland, M., Rothlauf, P. W., Sacharen, S., Scheuermann, R. H., Schmidt, S. D., Schotsaert, M., Schultz-Cherry, S., Seder, R. A., Sedova, M., Sette, A., Shabman, R. S., Shen, X., Shi, P. Y., Shukla, M., Simon, V., Stumpf, S., Sullivan, N. J., Thackray, L. B., Theiler, J., Thomas, P. G., Trifkovic, S., Türeli, S., Turner, S. A., Vakaki, M. A., van Bakel, H., VanBlargan, L. A., Vincent, L. R., Wallace, Z. S., Wang, L., Wang, M., Wang, P., Wang, W., Weaver, S. C., Webby, R. J., Weiss, C. D., Wentworth, D. E., Weston, S. M., Whelan, S. P. J., Whitener, B. M., Wilks, S. H., Xie, X., Ying, B., Yoon, H., Zhou, B., Hertz, T., Smith, D. J., Diamond, M. S., Post, D. J. & Suthar, M. S., May 26 2022, In: Nature. 605, 7911, p. 640-652 13 p.

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      15 Scopus citations
    • Detection of Bourbon Virus-Specific Serum Neutralizing Antibodies in Human Serum in Missouri, USA

      Bamunuarachchi, G., Harastani, H., Rothlauf, P. W., Dai, Y. N., Ellebedy, A., Fremont, D., Whelan, S. P. J., Wang, D. & Boon, A. C. M., Jun 2022, In: mSphere. 7, 3

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