Jennifer Corcoran

Assistant Professor

Microbiology, Immunology and Infectious Diseases

Associate Member

Snyder Institute for Chronic Diseases

PhD - Molecular Virology

Dalhousie University


Dalhousie University


University of Alberta

Contact information


Office : HRIC2A-08

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Administrative Assistant
Samantha Veress

Research and teaching


The Corcoran lab is interested in virus-host interactions. The lab studies the oncogenic virus, Kaposi’s sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV), the infectious cause of the endothelial cell cancer, Kaposi’s sarcoma. We are interested in how an unusual region of the KSHV genome called the kaposin locus contributes to viral replication and tumourigenesis. Our lab also studies human coronaviruses including SARS-CoV-2. We are trying to understand how these viruses manipulate cellular intrinsic immune responses via the disassembly of processing bodies.

Our lab uses a breadth of molecular tools including replicative virus, recombinant virology and ectopic gene expression to dissect complex virus-host interactions.