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John F. Alcorn, PhD

John F. Alcorn, PhD
Job Title Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
4401 Penn Ave., Suite Rangos Research Building, 9th Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
412-692-9351 Phone
412-692-5695 Fax

Education and Training

Graduate School:

2003 PhD, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, N.C.
1998 MSc, Youngstown State University, Youngstown, Ohio

Post Graduate School:

2007 Post-Doctoral Fellow, National Research Service Award, Department of Pathology, University of Vermont
2005 Post-Doctoral Associate, Department of Pathology, University of Vermont


  • American Thoracic Society


  • Pociask DA, Scheller EV, Mandalapu S, McHugh KJ, Enelow RI, Fattman CL, Kolls JK,  and JF Alcorn. IL-22 Is Essential for Lung Epithelial Repair following Influenza Infection. Am J Pathol, 182(4):1286-96, 2013.
  • Kudva A, Scheller EV, Robinson KM, Crowe CR, Choi SM, Slight SR, Khader SA, Dubin PJ, Enelow RI, Kolls JK, and JF Alcorn. Influenza A Inhibits TH17 mediated Host Defense against Bacterial Pneumonia in Mice. J Immunol, 186 : 1666-74, 2011. 
  • McKinley L, Alcorn JF, Peterson A, Kapadia S, Logar A, Henry A, Irvin CG, Piganelli J, Ray A, and JK Kolls. TH17 Cells Mediate Steroid-Resistant Airways Inflammation and Airways Hyperresponsiveness in mice. J Immunol, 181(6) : 4089-97, 2008.

Research Interests

  • Lung Infection
  • Pulmonary Immunity
  • Th17 cells and IL-17
  • Influenza
  • Asthma
  • Bacterial Pneumonia

Active Research Projects / Grants

  • Influenza Exacerbation of Secondary Staphylococcal Pneumonia (NIH NHLBI 1R01HL107380)
  • Suppression of Th17 Immunity by Preceding Influenza Infection
  • Chronic Lung Remodeling Induced by Influenza Infection
  • Mechanisms of Th17 Mediated Allergic Airway Disease
Last Update
February 3, 2014
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February 3, 2014