Benjamin tenOever

Principal Investigator

Ben completed his postdoctoral formation in Molecular Biology from Harvard University in 2007 after receiving his PhD in Medicine from McGill University in 2004. This training was subsequently applied to the study of host and pathogen interactions, with a focus on the molecular biology of virus infection.


Dr. tenOever has been leading an independent research group which focuses on virus biology since 2007.  He is presently a Professor of Microbiology, a Professor of Medicine, and the Director of the Virology Institute at New York University School of Medicine.  Dr. tenOever is a former Pew scholar, a Borroughs Welcome Fund Investigator in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease, and a recipient of the Cozzarelli prize in Biomedical Science.  Dr. tenOever was also honored with a Vilcek Award for creative promise and served as a US Ambassador of Science as a Distinguished Chair of the Fulbright Commission.


Nipah Virus Bangladesh Infection Elicits Organ-Specific Innate and Inflammatory Responses in the Marmoset Model.

Stevens CS, Lowry J, Juelich T, Atkins C, Johnson K, Smith JK, Panis M, Ikegami T, tenOever B, Freiberg AN, Lee B.

10.1093/infdis/jiad053 31/08/2023

PMID: 36869692

SARS-CoV-2 and Influenza A Virus Induce Longitudinal Transcriptomic Changes in Hamster Spinal Cord Tissue.

Serafini RA, Frere JJ, tenOever B, Zachariou V.

10.1097/BRS.0000000000004765 28/06/2023

PMID: 37389976

SARS-CoV-2 hijacks p38β/MAPK11 to promote virus replication.

Higgins CA, Nilsson-Payant BE, Bonaventure B, Kurland AP, Ye C, Yaron TM, Johnson JL, Adhikary P, Golynker I, Panis M, Danziger O, Rosenberg BR, Cantley LC, Martínez-Sobrido L, tenOever B, Johnson JR.

10.1128/mbio.01007-23 22/06/2023

PMID: 37345956

Delayed engagement of host defenses enables SARS-CoV-2 viremia and productive infection of distal organs in the hamster model of COVID-19.

Carrau L, Frere JJ, Golynker I, Fajardo A, Rivera CF, Horiuchi S, Roonprapunt T, Minkoff JM, Blanco-Melo D, TenOever B.

10.1126/scisignal.adg5470 13/06/2023

PMID: 37311033