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Ruth I. Connor, PhD

Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Associate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology

Microbiology and Immunology

Ohio State University

Immunology Program


Contact Information:

Department of Microbiology and Immunology
HB 7556
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Lebanon NH 03756

Phone: 603-650-8833

Selected Publications:


Impaired glucose metabolism in patients with diabetes, prediabetes and obesity is associated with severe Covid-19.
Smith SM, Boppana A, Traupman JA, Unson E, Maddock DA, Chao K, Dobesh DP, Brufsky A, Connor RI
J Med Virol. 2020 Jun 26; doi: 10.1002/jmv.26227. Epub 2020 Jun 26.
PMID: 32589756

Intestinal antibody responses to a live oral poliovirus vaccine challenge among adults previously immunized with inactivated polio vaccine in Sweden.
Brickley EB, Connor RI, Wieland-Alter WF, Collett MS, Hartford M, Van Der Avoort H, Boesch AW, Weiner JA, Ackerman ME, McKinlay MA, Arita M, Bandyopadhyay AS, Modlin JF, Wright PF
BMJ Glob Health. 2019;4(4):e001613. doi: 10.1136/bmjgh-2019-001613. Epub 2019 Aug 28.
PMID: 31543993

Systematic comparison of respiratory syncytial virus-induced memory B cell responses in two anatomical compartments.
Shehata L, Wieland-Alter WF, Maurer DP, Chen E, Connor RI, Wright PF, Walker LM
Nat Commun. 2019 Mar 8;10(1):1126. doi: 10.1038/s41467-019-09085-1. Epub 2019 Mar 8.
PMID: 30850611

Sialic acid levels in breast milk from HIV-positive Tanzanian women and impact of maternal diet.
Connor RI, Zain-Ul-Abideen M, Magohe AK, Brickley EB, Housman ML, Lyimo MA, Mchaki B, Maro I, Hendricks KM, Lukmanji Z, Matee M, Bakari M, Pallangyo K, Von Reyn CF
AIDS. 2019 Mar 1;33(3):509-514. doi: 10.1097/QAD.0000000000002081.
PMID: 30702519

Intestinal Immunity to Poliovirus Following Sequential Trivalent Inactivated Polio Vaccine/Bivalent Oral Polio Vaccine and Trivalent Inactivated Polio Vaccine-only Immunization Schedules: Analysis of an Open-label, Randomized, Controlled Trial in Chilean Infants.
Brickley EB, Wieland-Alter W, Connor RI, Ackerman ME, Boesch AW, Arita M, Weldon WC, O'Ryan MG, Bandyopadhyay AS, Wright PF
Clin Infect Dis. 2018 Oct 30;67(suppl_1):S42-S50. doi: 10.1093/cid/ciy603.
PMID: 30376086

Pre- and post-natal macronutrient supplementation for HIV-positive women in Tanzania: Effects on infant birth weight and HIV transmission.
Magohe A, Mackenzie T, Kimario J, Lukmanji Z, Hendricks K, Koethe J, Neke NM, Tvaroha S, Connor R, Waddell R, Maro I, Matee M, Pallangyo K, Bakari M, von Reyn CF, DarDar-2 Study Team.
PLoS One. 2018;13(10):e0201038. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0201038. Epub 2018 Oct 11.
PMID: 30307945

Infants Infected with Respiratory Syncytial Virus Generate Potent Neutralizing Antibodies that Lack Somatic Hypermutation.
Goodwin E, Gilman MSA, Wrapp D, Chen M, Ngwuta JO, Moin SM, Bai P, Sivasubramanian A, Connor RI, Wright PF, Graham BS, McLellan JS, Walker LM
Immunity. 2018 Feb 20;48(2):339-349.e5. doi: 10.1016/j.immuni.2018.01.005. Epub 2018 Feb 3.
PMID: 29396163

Intestinal Immune Responses to Type 2 Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV) Challenge in Infants Previously Immunized With Bivalent OPV and Either High-Dose or Standard Inactivated Polio Vaccine.
Brickley EB, Strauch CB, Wieland-Alter WF, Connor RI, Lin S, Weiner JA, Ackerman ME, Arita M, Oberste MS, Weldon WC, Saez-Llorens X, Bandyopadhyay AS, Wright PF
J Infect Dis. 2018 Jan 17;217(3):371-380. doi: 10.1093/infdis/jix556.
PMID: 29304199

Safety and immunogenicity of an inactivated whole cell tuberculosis vaccine booster in adults primed with BCG: A randomized, controlled trial of DAR-901.
von Reyn CF, Lahey T, Arbeit RD, Landry B, Kailani L, Adams LV, Haynes BC, Mackenzie T, Wieland-Alter W, Connor RI, Tvaroha S, Hokey DA, Ginsberg AM, Waddell R
PLoS One. 2017;12(5):e0175215. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0175215. Epub 2017 May 12.
PMID: 28498853

Vaccine-induced mucosal immunity to poliovirus: analysis of cohorts from an open-label, randomised controlled trial in Latin American infants.
Wright PF, Connor RI, Wieland-Alter WF, Hoen AG, Boesch AW, Ackerman ME, Oberste MS, Gast C, Brickley EB, Asturias EJ, Ruttimann R, Bandyopadhyay AS
Lancet Infect Dis. 2016 Dec;16(12):1377-1384. doi: 10.1016/S1473-3099(16)30169-4. Epub 2016 Sep 13.
PMID: 27638357

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