John Lednicky, PhD

Associate Professor


Dr. John Lednicky

Office: HPNP 4155
Phone: 352-273-9204


Areas of Expertise:

  • Microbiology
  • Virology

Current Research Interests

  • Collection and analyses of airborne viruses
  • Avian influenza virus H5N1 and other influenza viruses (human and animal): detection, isolation, and genetic analysis
  • Live agent bioaerosol inhalation studies
  • Cultivation of alga and extraction of oil from alga
  • Production of biodiesel from algal oils
  • Respiratory viruses including hantaviruses and SARS coronavirus
  • Polyomavirus (BKV, JCV, LPV, PyV, SV40) regulatory region structure and function
  • Molecular and classical diagnostic virology (human and animal)
  • Rodent- and lagomorph-pathogen serology and diagnostic virology
  • Paramyxovirus detection, isolation, and genetic analysis, and immunogenicity of Canine distemper virus
  • Development of human and animal virus detection, isolation, and identification methodologies
  • Determination of whole genomic sequences of various DNA and RNA viruses
  • Diagnostic (clinical) microbiology (bacteriology, mycology, parasitology, and virology)
  • Reverse genetics of RNA viruses: expression of viral genes and virus production
  • West Nile virus: detection, isolation, and molecular characterization


  • B.S., Microbiology, University of Miami, Miami, Florida, 1978
  • M.S., Microbiology, University of Missouri-Kansas City, 1984
  • Ph.D., Microbiology, University of Texas-Austin, 1991, “Molecular-Genetic Analysis of the SV40 Upstream Promoter Elements”

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