Daniel Blanco-Melo

Daniel Blanco-Melo did his bachelor degree in Genomic Sciences at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), and completed his Ph.D. studies in the laboratory of Paul Bieniasz at the Rockefeller University in New York. As part of his Ph.D. thesis, Daniel specialized in paleovirology by studying the retroviral “fossil record” embedded in primate genomes. Currently, Daniel is doing his postdoctoral studies in the tenOever lab where he is using last generation sequencing technologies to address questions involving the innate immune defenses and the co-evolution of viruses and hosts. Daniel is an Open Philanthropy Fellow of the Life Sciences Research Foundation.

Contact:  Daniel.BlancoMelo@mssm.edu


Aguado L, Jordan T, Hsieh E, Blanco-Melo D, Heard J, Panis M, Vignuzzi M, tenOever BR. Homologous recombination is an intrinsic defense against antiviral RNA interference. PNAS 2018. In Press.

Blanco-Melo D, Gifford RJ, Bieniasz PD. Reconstruction of a replication-competent ancestral murine endogenous retrovirus-L. Retrovirology. 2018 May 2;15(1):34. doi: 10.1186/s12977-018-0416-3.

Takata M, Soll S, Emery A, Blanco-Melo D, Swanstrom R, Bieniasz PD. Global synonymous mutagenesis identifies cis-acting RNA elements that regulate HIV-1 splicing and replication. PLoS Pathogens. 2018 Jan 29;14(1):e1006824. doi: 10.1371/journal.ppat.1006824.

Takata MA, Gonçalves-Carneiro D, Zang TM, Soll SJ, York A, Blanco-Melo D, Bieniasz PD. CG dinucleotide suppression enables antiviral defence targeting non-self RNA. Nature. 2017 Oct 5;550(7674):124-127. doi: 10.1038/nature24039.

Aguado LC, Schmid S, May J, Sabin LR, Panis M, Blanco-Melo D, Shim JV, Sachs D, Cherry S, Simon AE, Levraud JP, tenOever BR. RNase III nucleases from diverse kingdoms serve as antiviral effectors. Nature. 2017 Jul 6;547(7661):114-117. doi: 10.1038/nature22990.

Blanco-Melo D, Gifford RJ, Bieniasz PD. Co-option of an endogenous retrovirus envelope for host defense in hominid ancestors. Elife. 2017 Apr 11;6. pii: e22519. doi: 10.7554/eLife.22519.

Blanco-Melo D*, Venkatesh S*, Bieniasz PD. Origins and Evolution of tetherin, an Orphan Antiviral Gene. Cell Host Microbe. 2016 Aug 10;20(2):189-201. doi: 10.1016/j.chom.2016.06.007.

Magiorkinis G, Blanco-Melo D, Belshaw R. The decline of human endogenous retroviruses: extinction and survival. Retrovirology. 2015 Feb 2;12:8.doi: 10.1186/s12977-015-0136-x.

Kutluay SB, Zang T, Blanco-Melo D, Powell C, Jannain D, Errando M, Bieniasz PD. Global changes in the RNA binding specificity of HIV-1 gag regulate virion genesis. Cell. 2014 Nov 20;159(5):1096-109. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2014.09.057.

Busnadiego I, Kane M, Rihn SJ, Preugschas HF, Hughes J, Blanco-Melo D, Strouvelle VP, Zang TM, Willett BJ, Boutell C, Bieniasz PD, Wilson SJ. Host and viral determinants of Mx2 antiretroviral activity. J Virol. 2014 Jul;88(14):7738-52. doi: 10.1128/JVI.00214-14.

Blanco-Melo D*, Venkatesh S*, Bieniasz PD*. Intrinsic cellular defenses against human immunodeficiency viruses. Immunity. 2012 Sep 21;37(3):399-411. doi: 10.1016/j.immuni.2012.08.013.

Arenas-Huertero C, Pérez B, Rabanal F, Blanco-Melo D, De la Rosa C, Estrada-Navarrete G, Sanchez F, Covarrubias AA, Reyes JL. Conserved and novel miRNAs in the legume Phaseolus vulgaris in response to stress. Plant Mol Biol. 2009 Jul;70(4):385-401. doi: 10.1007/s11103-009-9480-3.

Flores M, Morales L, Gonzaga-Jauregui C, Domínguez-Vidaña R, Zepeda C, Yañez O, Gutiérrez M, Lemus T, Valle D, Avila MC, Blanco D, Medina-Ruiz S, Meza K, Ayala E, García D, Bustos P, González V, Girard L, Tusie-Luna T, Dávila G, Palacios R. Recurrent DNA inversion rearrangements in the human genome. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2007 Apr 10;104(15):6099-106.