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.


In August of 2007, Dr. tenOever joined the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai as an Assistant Professor of Microbiology. He is now a Fishberg Professor of Medicine, an Icahn Professor of Microbiology, and the Director of the Virus Engineering Center for Therapeutic and Research (VECToR) at Mount Sinai. He is a 2008 Pew Scholar, a recipient of the 2009 Presidential Award in Science and Engineering, a 2010 recipient of the American Society of Microbiology Young Investigator Award, a 2011 Cozzarelli Prize winner, and he received the Burroughs Wellcome Award for Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease. From 2012 to 2013, he was honored with Outstanding Young Investigator Awards from the American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy and the American Society of Virology. He was also named a finalist for the Vilcek Award for creative promise and served as a US Ambassador of Science in France as a Distinguished Chair of the Fulbright Commission in 2015/2016. Most recently he was honored with a 2017/2018 Innovator Prize by the Pew Charitable Trust.


Hyperglycemia in acute COVID-19 is characterized by insulin resistance and adipose tissue infectivity by SARS-CoV-2

Reiterer M, Rajan M, Gómez-Banoy N, Lau JD, Gomez-Escobar LG, Ma L, Gilani A, Alvarez-Mulett S, Sholle ET, Chandar V, Bram Y, Hoffman K, Bhardwaj P, Piloco P, Rubio-Navarro A, Uhl S, Carrau L, Houhgton S, Redmond D, Shukla AP, Goyal P, Brown KA, tenOever BR, Alonso LC, Schwartz RE, Schenck EJ, Safford MM, Lo JC.

Cell Metablism 07/12/2021

PMID: 34879241

Immune memory from SARS-CoV-2 infection in hamsters provides variant-independent protection but still allows virus transmission

Horiuchi and Oishi et al.

Sci. Immunology 26/10/2021

Cardiomyocytes recruit monocytes upon SARS-CoV-2 infection by secreting CCL2

Yang et al.

Stem Cell Reports 12/10/2021

The NF-κB transcriptional footprint is essential for SARS-CoV-2 replication

Nilsson-Payant BE, Uhl S, Grimont A, Doane AS, Cohen P, Patel RS, Higgins CA, Acklin JA, Bram Y, Chandar V, Blanco-Melo D, Panis M, Lim JK, Elemento O, Schwartz RE, Rosenberg BR, Chandwani R, tenOever BR

J Virol. 2021 Sep 15:JVI0125721 15/09/2021

PMID: 34523966