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Sharon Isern

Department of Biological Sciences
Florida Gulf Coast University
United States of America


Sharon Isern is a Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and has been at Florida Gulf Coast University since 2004. She received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University and her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She conducted postdoctoral fellowships in molecular virology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Tulane University. Dr. Isern is a molecular virologist and a science educator. She has received research support from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense, and the US Department of Agriculture. Dr. Isern is a member of the National Institutes of Health Vaccines Against Microbial Diseases Study Section and was Course Director for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Science Education Alliance-Phage Hunters Advancing Genomics and Evolutionary Science (SEA-PHAGES) Program Phage Discovery Workshops (2015, 2016). She studies the immunology, epidemiology, surveillance, prevention, and treatment of mosquito-transmitted viruses including dengue and Zika. She teaches Cell Biology and Virology, and develops undergraduate research-based courses.

Research Interest

Biological sciences


  • Dengue virus antibodies enhance Zika virus infection. Paul LM, Carlin ER, Jenkins MM, Tan AL, Barcellona CM, Nicholson CO, Michael SF, Isern S. Clinical & translational immunology. 2016; 5(12):e117.

  • Variable Inhibition of Zika Virus Replication by Different Wolbachia Strains in Mosquito Cell Cultures. Schultz MJ, Isern S, Michael SF, Corley RB, Connor JH, Frydman HM. Journal of virology. 2017; 91(14).

  • Ionic liquids with thioether motifs as synthetic cationic lipids for gene delivery. Gaitor JC, Paul LM, Reardon MM, Hmissa T, Minkowicz S, Regner M, Sheng Y, Michael SF, Isern S, Mirjafari A. Chemical communications (Cambridge, England). 2017; 53(59):8328-8331

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