Mariah Hassert, Ph.D.
Mariah Hassert, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Research Scholar

Department of Pathology
25 S. Grand Ave, 1020 ML
University of Iowa 
Iowa City, IA 52242

Lab: 319-335-9919


2021:  Ph.D., Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, Saint Louis University- School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, USA
2014:  B.A., Biology, University of Missouri-St. Louis, St. Louis, MO, USA


Heterotypic immunity, T cell mediated immunity to influenza virus

Publications Pubmed

  1. Pinto, A. K.*, Hassert, M.*, Han, X., Barker, D., Carnelley, T., Branche, E., Steffen, T. L., Stone, E. T., Geerling, E., Viramontes, K. M., Nykiforuk, C., Toth, D., Shresta, S., Kodihalli, S., & Brien, J. D. (2021). The ability of Zika virus intravenous immunoglobulin to protect from or enhance Zika virus disease. Frontiers in Immunology, 12.
  2. Geerling, E., Stone, E. T., Steffen, T. L., Hassert, M., Brien, J. D., & Pinto, A. K. (2021). Obesity Enhances Disease Severity in Female Mice Following West Nile Virus Infection. Frontiers in Immunology, 12.
  3. Grady, S. F., Pinto, A. K., Hassert, M., D’Angelo, J. A., Brien, J. D., & Arnatt, C. K. (2021). Selective estrogen receptor modulator, tamoxifen, inhibits Zika virus infection. Journal of Medical Virology, 93(11), 6155–6162.
  4. Hassert, M., Steffen, T.L., Scroggins, S., Coleman, A.K., Schacham, E., Brien, J.D., Pinto, A.K. (2021) Heterologous flavivirus exposure provides varying degrees of cross-protection from Zika virus in a mouse model of infection. Journal of Virology.
  5. Wollner, C.J., Richner, M.C., Hassert, M., Pinto, A.K., Brien, J.D., Richner, J.M. (2021) A dengue virus serotype 1 mRNA-LNP vaccine elicits protective immune responses. Journal of Virology.
  6. Hassert, M., Geerling, E., Stone, E.T., Steffen, T.L., Feldman, M.S., Dickson, A.L., Class, J., Richner, J.M., Brien, J.D., Pinto, A.K. (2020) mRNA induced expression of human angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 in mice for the study of the adaptive immune response to severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2. PLOS Pathogens. PMID: 33326500
  7. Hassert, M.*, Wolf, K.J.*, Rajeh, A., Shiebout, C., Hoft, S.G., Ahn, T.H., DiPaolo, R.J., Brien, J.D., Pinto, A.K., (2020) Diagnostic differentiation of Zika and dengue virus exposure by analyzing T cell receptor sequences from peripheral blood of infected HLA-A2 transgenic mice. PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases. PMCID: PMC7738164
  8. Steffen, T.*, Hassert, M.*, Hoft, S.G., Stone, E.T., Zhang, J., Geerling, E., Grimberg, B.T., Roberts, M.S., Pinto, A.K., Brien, J.D. (2020) Immunogenicity and Efficacy of a Recombinant Human Adenovirus Type 5 vaccine against Zika Virus. Vaccines. PMCID: PMC7349816
  9. Serrano-Collazo, C., Pѐrez-Guzmàn, E.X., Pantoja, P., Hassert, M.,… Sariol, C.A. (2020). Effective control of early Zika virus replication by Dengue immunity is associated to the length of time between the 2 infections but not mediated by antibodies. PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases. PMCID: PMC7255596
  10. Pѐrez-Guzmàn, E.X., Pantoja, P., Serrano-Collazo, C., Hassert, M., … Sariol, C.A. (2019). Time elapsed between Zika and dengue virus infections affects antibody and T cell responses. Nature Communications. PMCID: PMC6754404
  11. Brien, J.D.*, Hassert, M.*, Stone, E.T, Geerling, E., Cruz-Orengo, L., & Pinto, A.K. (2019). Isolation and quantification of Zika virus from multiple organs in a mouse. JoVE.
  12. Hassert, M., Harris, M.G., Brien, J.D., & Pinto, A.K. (2019). Identification of protective CD8+ T cell responses in mouse models of infection. Frontiers in Immunology, 10(1678). PMCID: PMC6652237
  13. Hassert, M., Brien, J.D., & Pinto, A.K. (2019). Mouse models of heterologous flavivirus immunity:  A role for cross-reactive T cells. Frontiers in Immunology, 10(1045). PMCID PMC6520664
  14. Hoyer, J. S., Pruneda-Paz, J. L., Breton, G., Hassert, M.., Holcomb, E. E., Fowler, H., . . . Carrington, J. C. (2018). Functional dissection of the ARGONAUTE7 promoter. Plant Direct.
  15. Hassert, M., Wolf, K. J., Schwetye, K. E., DiPaolo, R. J., Brien, J. D., & Pinto, A. K. (2018). CD4 T cells mediate protection against Zika associated severe disease in a mouse model of infection. PLOS Pathogens,14(9).
  16. Hassert, M., Brien, J. D., & Pinto, A. K. (2018). The Temporal Role of Cytokines in Flavivirus Protection and Pathogenesis. Current Clinical Microbiology Reports.
  17. Williams, J. N., Kambrath, A. V., Patel, R. B., Kang, K. S., Mével, E., Li, Y., Hassert, M., . . . Sankar, U. (2018). Inhibition of CaMKK2 Enhances Fracture Healing by Stimulating Indian Hedgehog Signaling and Accelerating Endochondral Ossification. Journal of Bone and Mineral Research,33(5), 930-944.
  18. Pantoja, P., Pérez-Guzmán, E. X., Rodríguez, I. V., White, L. J., González, O., Serrano, C., Hassert, M., . . . Sariol, C. A. (2017). Zika virus pathogenesis in rhesus macaques is unaffected by pre-existing immunity to dengue virus. Nature Communications,8, 15674.