Jennifer Vanover Hall

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Jennifer Vanover Hall
Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences

Contact Information:
Office:  Bldg 1, Room 139
Lab: Bldg 119, Room 309,310,317,318
Phone: 423-439-6324


2008 - Ph.D in Biomedical Sciences/Microbiology, Quillen College of Medicine ETSU, Johnson City, TN

Research/Teaching Interests:

1.   Chlamydia trachomatis
2.   The interactions between microbial pathogens and the human host that contribute to disease pathogenesis
3.   Hormonal influences on the pathogenesis of Chlamydia trachomatis


  1. Vanover Hall, J., Schell, M., Dessus-Babus, S., Moore, C.G., Whittimore, J.D., Sal, M., Dill, B.D., and Wyrick, P.B. The Multifaceted Role of Estrogen in Enhancing Chlamydia trachomatis Infection in Polarized Human Endometrial Epithelial Cells.Cellular Microbiology, 2011 13(8), 1183-1199.
  2. Wyrick, P.B., Schell, M., Moore, C., Whittimore, J., Vanover Hall, J., and Dessus-Babus, S. Involvement of Estrogen Receptor Beta in C. trachomatis Serovar E Infection of HEC-1B Endometrial Epithelial Cells.Proceedings of the Twelfth International Symposium on Human Chlamydial Infections, Hof bei Salzburg, Austria, 2010 .

      3. Vanover, J., Kitner, J., Whittimore, J., and Schoborg, R.  Interaction of HSV-2 Glycoprotein D with the Host Cell Surface is
to Stimulate Chlamydia trachomatis Perisistence.  Microbiology, 2010 156: p. 1294-1302. 

  1. Vanover, J., Sun, J., Deka, S., Kintner, J., Duffourc, M. and Schoborg, R . Herpes Simplex Virus Co-infection Induced Chlamydia trachomatis Persistence is not Mediated by any Known Persistence Inducer or Anti-chlamydial Pathway. Microbiology, 2008 154: p. 971-978.
  2. Deka, S.*, Vanover, J.*, Sun, J., Kintner, J., Whittimore, J., and Schoborg, R. An Early Event in the Herpes Simplex Virus Type-2 Replication Cycle is Sufficient to induce Chlamydia trachomatis Persistence. Cellular Microbiology, 2007 9(2): p. 725-737
    *S. Deka and J. Vanover contributed equally to the work presented in this manuscript. 

      6. Deka, S., Vanover, J. Dessus-Babus, S., Whittimore, J., Howett, M., Wyrick, P., Schoborg, R. Chlamydia trachomatis enters a
          viable but  non-cultivable (persistent) state within herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2) co-infected host cells. Cellular           
          Microbiology, 2006 8 (1):  p. 149-62.

       7. Schoborg, R., Vanover, J., Deka, S., Sun, J., Whittimore J., and Kintner, J. Herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2) co-infection
           induced chlamydial persistence requires an early event in the viral replication cycle.
Proceedings of the Eleventh International
          Symposium on Human Chlamydial Infections, Ontario, Canada, 2006.


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