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John Leong
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Dr. Leong is Edith Rieva and Hyman S. Trilling Professor and Chair of the Department of Molecular Biology and Microbiology at Tufts University School of Medicine. His research focuses on the interaction of pathogenic Escherichia coliBorrelia burgdorferi (the Lyme disease spirochete) and Streptococcus pneumoniae with host immune and epithelial cells in order to understand the infectious process and develop novel therapies to prevent or treat these infections.


Edith Rieva and Hyman S. Trilling Professor; Chair of Molecular Biology & Microbiology, Tufts University School of Medicine


BA, Biology, Brown University
MD, PhD, Molecular Biology, Brown University
Postdoctoral Training, Tufts University School of Medicine

Honors & Awards

1979  Magna cum laude, Brown University

1979  Phi Beta Kappa, Brown University

1980  Graduate Fellowship, National Science Foundation

1985  Barry Rosen Memorial Award (for thesis research), Brown University

1987  Graduation with Academic Honors , Brown University, Program in Medicine

1987  Postdoctoral Fellowship, Helen Hay Whitney

1990  Postdoctoral Fellowship, The Medical Foundation and Charles King Trust Postdoctoral Fellowship

1992  Scholar, Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences

1998  Established Investigator, American Heart Association

2016  Fellow, American Academy of Microbiology

2017  Tufts Discovery Award

2018  Tufts Distinguished Faculty Award