Adam R. Hersperger, Ph.D.

Adam R. Hersperger, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biology
ahersperger@albright.edu
Science Building room 145
610-929-6617

  • Ph.D. – University of Pennsylvania (Cell and Molecular Biology graduate group; Microbiology, Virology, and Parasitology concentration)
  • B.S. – Bucknell University (Cell Biology and Biochemistry)

Areas of Expertise

  • Virology
  • Microbiology
  • Immune systems of vertebrates
  • Ectromelia virus (Mousepox virus)
  • Virus/host interactions

 

Areas of Research

Recent Publications:  (underlined names indicate an undergraduate student co-author)

  • Frey TR, Forsyth KS, Sheehan MM, DeHaven BC, Pevarnik JG, Hand ES, Pizzorno MC, Eisenlohr LC, Hersperger AR. Ectromelia virus lacking the E3L ortholog is replication-defective and nonpathogenic but does induce protective immunity in a mouse strain susceptible to lethal mousepox. Virology 2018.
  • Frey TR, Lehmann MH, Ryan CM, Pizzorno MC, Sutter G, Hersperger AR. Ectromelia virus accumulates less double-stranded RNA compared to vaccinia virus in BS-C-1 cells. Virology 2017.
  • Hand ES, Haller SL, Peng C Rothenburg S, Hersperger AR. Ectopic expression of vaccinia virus E3 and K3 cannot rescue ectromelia virus replication in rabbit RK13 cells. PLOS ONE 2015.
  • Hersperger AR, Siciliano NA, DeHaven BC, Snook AE, Eisenlohr LC. Epithelial immunization induces polyfunctional CD8+ T-cells and optimal mousepox protection. Journal of Virology 2014.
  • Siciliano NA, Hersperger AR, Lacuanan AM, Xu R, Sidney J, Sette A, Sigal LJ, Eisenlohr LC. Impact of distinct poxvirus infections on the specificities and functionalities of CD4+ T-cell responses. Journal of Virology 2014.

 

Recent Student Independent Research Projects:

  • Michelle Nahrgang ’20, Julie Schrey ’21, Rose Zimmerman ’19, Kaylyn Haan ’19, Rebecca Morgis ’19, and Sarah Boothman ’18: “Characterization of an epidermal growth factor ortholog encoded by ectromelia virus”
  • Julia Pevarnik ’19, Maura Sheehan ’17, and Devin Fisher ’15: “Understanding the mechanism of CD4 T-cell inhibition by ectromelia virus protein B22”
  • Colton Ryan ’16 and Tiffany Frey ’17: “Ectromelia virus accumulates less double-stranded RNA compared to vaccinia virus”
  • Erin Hand ’15: “Characterization of a mutant ectromelia virus lacking the ability to interfere with dsRNA recognition by host cells”
  • Stephanie McMaster ’14: “The study of microtubule dynamics following ectromelia virus infection of mammalian cells in culture”

For more information about the Hersperger Lab, please click on this link.

 

Courses Taught

BIO101: Concepts and Connections in Biology

BIO203: Introduction to Genetics

BIO321: Microbiology

BIO325: Molecular Genetics

BIO329: Virology

BIO498: Immunology

 

Awards and Grants

Awards:

  • Teacher of Undergraduate Students Travel Award; American Society for Virology annual meeting (2018)
  • Annadora Vesper Shirk Award for Faculty Scholarship, Albright College (2017)
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Bucknell University (2005)

Grants:

  • R01 grant (#AI110542-01A1), Co-principal Investigator (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases)
    Project period: July 2015 to December 2019
    Project title: “MHCII cross-presentation as a driver of CD4+ T-cell responses to poxviruses”