BS, Fordham University; MS, Ph.D., University of Connecticut
Maureen Ferran earned her M.S. and Ph.D. in Genetics from the University of Connecticut, where she studied how viruses evade the host innate immune response. She then went to the Laboratory of Viral Genetics within the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease at the National Institutes of Health, where she studied human papillomavirus.
She is now an associate professor in the Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester NY where she teaches courses including Virology, Infectious Disease: Impact on Society and Culture, and Eukaryotic Gene Regulation and Disease.
Her research lab focuses on the development of viruses as a cancer therapy and as a molecular tool to understand innate immunity and age-related diseases. Studies in her lab also investigate the use of imaging agents to detect and target breast cancer.
In the News
March 23, 2021
How good is the AstraZeneca vaccine – and is it really safe? 5 questions answered
The Conversation asks Maureen Ferran, associate professor in the Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences, about the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.
March 12, 2021
The power of science
Essay by Sophia Maggelakis, dean of the College of Science, published by the Rochester Beacon.
March 3, 2021
Comparing The COVID-19 Vaccines
NPR's 1A program talks to Maureen Ferran, associate professor in the Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences, about how the different COVID-19 vaccines work.