Department of Microbiology
University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center
John Schoggins received his BS from University of Rochester in 2000, and Ph. D from Cornell University, Medical College in 2007. He trained further at The Rockefeller University, working with Dr. Charles Rice. Currently, Dr. Schoggins is Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology, University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center. His position has the endowed title, the Nancy Cain and Jeffrey Marcus Scholar in Medical Research in honor of Dr. Bill Vowell.
Throughout his research career, Dr. Schoggins has been interested in enhancing understanding of host anti-viral responses, particularly the role of type I interferons (IFNs). In 2011, Dr. Schoggins published a seminal paper, showing that IFN stimulated genes (ISGs) have differential anti-viral activities against a panel of viruses. In this study Dr. Schoggins established a high throughput system to measure anti-viral activities that individual ISGs elicit. His study highlighted the complexity of ISG action and illuminated previously obscure roles of some ISGs. After moving to Southwestern Medical Center, Dr. Schoggins has continued his research along this line, and provided mechanistic insight on IFNs and ISGs. Collectively, Dr. Schoggins’ research has been highly influential in the field, making a large impact on how we think about anti-viral innate immunity. Furthermore, Dr. Schoggins is an excellent review writer and presented concise and lucid summaries of IFN signaling and related subjects.
Dr. Schoggins has received many awards, including the Clayton Foundation Scholar (2016), NIH Director’s New Innovator Award (2014-2019), and Rita Allen Foundation Scholar (2015-2020). He was a 2013 recipient of the Seymour and Vivian Milstein Young Investigator Award and the 2011 Sidney and Joan Pestka Post-Graduate Award for Excellence in Interferon Research (ISICR).
Dr. Schoggins has been an ICIS member since 2011 and active in the Annual meetings and other research community issues. He currently serves as a member of the ICIS Membership Committee. John is also a member of the American Society of Microbiology and the American Society of Virology, hold several institutional teaching and service commitments, and serves as an Associate Editor at mSphere and an ad hoc reviewer to multiple journals, including Science, Cell, Cell Host and Microbe, Immunity, and Plos Pathogens.