Alissa Pham

Alissa PhamAlissa received her PhD in Microbiology from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai under the mentorship of Benjamin tenOever. Pursuing her interest in viruses and innate immunity, she completed her postdoctoral training with David E.Levy at NYU Langone Medical Center. Alissa is currently a medical writer with Grey Health Group (, a medical communications agency in Manhattan.


Pham, A.M.*, Santa-Maria, F.*, Friedman, E., Marie, I.J., and Levy, D.E. PKR Transduces MDA5-dependent Signals for Type I IFN Induction. PLoS Pathogens, 2016. *Authors contributed equally to the work.
Matthews, K., Schafer, A., Pham, A.M., and Friedman, M. The SARS Coronavirus Papain Like Protease can inhibit IRF3 at a post activation step that requires deubiquitination activity. Virology, 2014.
Backes, S., Shapiro, J.S., Sabin, L.R., Pham, A.M., Reyes, I., Moss, B., Cherry, S., tenOever, B.R. Degradation of host microRNAs by poxvirus poly(A) polymerase reveals terminal RNA methylation as a protective antiviral mechanism. Cell Host Microbe, 2012, 12(2):200-10 PMID: 22901540
Pham, A.M., Langlois, R.A. and B. R. tenOever.  Replication in cells of hematopoietic origin is necessary for dengue virus dissemination.  PLoS Path. 2012, 8: e1002465 PMID: 22241991
Langlois, R.A., Shapiro, J.S., Pham, A.M. and B. R. tenOever.  In vivo delivery of cytoplasmic RNA virus-derived miRNAs.  Mol Ther. 2012, 20:367-75 PMID: 22086233
Shapiro, J.S., Varble A., Pham, A.M., and B. R. tenOever.  Non-canonical cytoplasmic processing of viral microRNAs. RNA. 2010, 16: 2068-74. PMID: 20841420
Zaslavsky E, Hershberg U, Seto J, Pham A.M., Marquez S, Duke J.L., Wetmur J.G., tenOever B.R., Sealfon S.C., Kleinstein S.H.  Antiviral response dictated by choreographed cascade of transcription factors. J. Immunol. 2010, 184: 2908-17. PMID: 20164420
Pham A.M., tenOever BR. The IKK Kinases: Operators of Antiviral Signaling. Viruses. Review, 2010, 2: 55-72. PMID: 21994600
Perez, J.T., Pham, A.M., Lorini, M.H., Chua, M.A., Steel, J., and B.R. tenOever.  microRNA-mediated species-specific attenuation of influenza A virus.  Nat Biotech.  2009, 27: 572-576. PMID: 19483680