John Lednicky

John Lednicky

Research Professor

Department: HP-ENVIRONMENTAL GLOBAL HLTH
Business Phone: (352) 273-9204
Business Email: jlednicky@phhp.ufl.edu

About John Lednicky

John Lednicky has BS, MS, and PhD degrees in Microbiology. After graduation with a BS degree, he worked as a clinical microbiology technician and attained two professional certifications: M(ASCP) and RM(NRCM). For both certifications, his specialty areas were in bacteriology and mycology. Thereafter, he worked with Staphylococcus aureus for his MS degree, and had planned on pursuing a PhD in biochemical physics. Instead, he studied transcription regulation by transcription factor SP1 in a macaque polyomavirus (SV40) model for his PhD work.

Prior to joining the University of Florida, Dr. Lednicky was an assistant professor of pathology at the Loyola Medical Center in Illinois. He then worked in industry, where he engaged in biodefense-related work, aerobiology related to inhalation exposure studies in small animal models, various projects with avian influenza H5N1 and other influenza viruses, and the production of biodiesel from alga.

Dr. Lednicky’s current research focus areas at UF are: (a) aerovirology, (b) virus discovery, (c) virus surveillance with emphasis on arthropod-borne viruses, and (d) influenza virus studies. His laboratory discovered Rhinovirus C-51 and a unique variant of Human polyomavirus 9, and was the first to detect Zika and Mayaro viruses in Haitians. More recently, his laboratory was the first in the world to discover Madariaga and Keystone viruses in humans. His laboratory is also involved with the isolation of viruses that are causing lethal infections in farmed deer of Florida. Since January of 2020, a major thrust has been work related to COVID-19. His laboratory is isolating SARS-CoV-2 from humans and the environment, and he has posted a few full-genome sequences of these viruses in GenBank.

Research Profile

Dr. John Lednicky’s current research interests include the detection, isolation, and genetic analyses of influenza viruses (both human and animal), live agent bioaerosol inhalation studies, the detection, isolation and sequence analyses of respiratory viruses, polyomavirus regulatory region structure and function, molecular and classical diagnostic virology, development of human and animal virus detection, isolation and identification methodologies, and reverse genetics of RNA viruses.

Publications

2020 International Journal of Infectious Diseases
2018 Clinical infectious diseases : an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
2018 Clinical infectious diseases : an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
2016 Journal of Aoac International
1999 The Journal of infectious diseases

Grants

May 2020 ACTIVE
RAPID: Environmental Surveillance to Assess Aerosol Transmission Pathway of COVID-19 Enabled by On-The-Spot Sampling and Detection
NATL SCIENCE FOU ·
May 2020 ACTIVE
RAPID: Collaborative Research: Transforming passive protective face masks toward active capture and inactivation of coronavirus with nano-assisted surfactant modification
NATL SCIENCE FOU ·
Jan 2020 ACTIVE
EVA-GLOBAL (European Virus Archive goes Global) EU project 871029
AIX-MARSEILLE UNIVERSITY ·
Sep 2019 – Aug 2020
Surveillance of mosquito and reservoir animal infection with Keystone virus: a possible cause of human encephalitis
FL DEPT OF AG AND CON SER AG ENV SVC · Project Manager
Aug 2017 ACTIVE
Harnessing Natural Killer T cells to counteract swine influenza
NATL INST OF HLTH NICHD ·
Mar 2017 – Jun 2018
Identification of antiviral therapies for the treatment of Zika virus using existing drugs
FL DEPT OF HLTH · Project Manager
Mar 2017 – Mar 2018
Aedes mosquito surveillance and testing for host preference and prevalence of Chikungunya and dengue viruses in vector populations in Southcom AOR
US DEPT OF AG AG RES SVC ·
Mar 2017 – Jun 2018
Multiplexed Detection Platform for Point-of-Service Testing of Zika Virus
FL DEPT OF HLTH · Project Manager
Mar 2017 – Jun 2018
Rapid diagnostic test for Zika virus in dried blood spots with low demands on instrumentation
FL DEPT OF HLTH ·
Dec 2016 ACTIVE
Southeastern Regional CoE in Vector-Borne Diseases: The Gateway Program
CTRS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION ·
Oct 2016 ACTIVE
Preparedness, research and action network on maternal-pediatric axis of ZIKV infection in Latin America and the Caribbean
PENTA FOUNDATION ·
Sep 2016 – Aug 2018
Entomological Studies of Zika Virus Transmission in Haiti
US DEPT OF AG NATL INST OF FOOD AND AG ·
Jul 2016 ACTIVE
Cholera transmission and evolution in Port-au-Prince, Haiti
NATL INST OF HLTH NIAID · Project Manager
Jun 2016 – May 2019
Development of anti-Salmonella Single-chain Abs as serum diagnostics
DUKE UNIV · Project Manager
May 2016 – Mar 2017
Aedes mosquito surveillance and testing to determine host preference and prevalence of Chikungunya and dengue viruses in vector populations in Southcom AOR
US DEPT OF AG AG RES SVC · Project Manager
Mar 2016 – Feb 2019
Timely Risk Assessment of Airborne Virus with a Super-Efficient System for Viable Influenza Aerosol Capture
NATL INST OF HLTH NIAID · Project Manager
May 2014 – Apr 2018
IDBR: Type A: Highly Efficient and Rapid Viral Aerosol Detection System (HERVADS)
NATL SCIENCE FOU · Project Manager
Mar 2014 – Sep 2019
The Role of Arboviruses as a Cause of Undifferentiated Fever in Sind, Pakistan
DEFENSE THREAT REDUCTION AGENCY · Project Manager
Sep 2013 – Aug 2016
Natural Killer T (NKT) Cell Control of Pandemic Swine In
UF DSR OPPORTUNITY FUND · Project Manager
Jul 2012 – Apr 2018
Contribution of Toll-like Receptors in the Pulmonary Response to?Nanoparticles and Pathogens
NATL INST OF HLTH NHLBI · Project Manager
Jul 2006 ACTIVE
21st Century Research & Economic Development Investment Program (REDIP)
STATE UNIV SYS OF FL BOARD OF GOVERNORS · Project Manager

Education

Doctor of Philosophy in Microbiology
1991 · University of Texas
Master of Science in Microbiology
1984 · University of Missouri
Bachelor of Science in Microbiology
1978 · University of Miami

Contact Details

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Business:
(352) 273-9204
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