Dennis Voronin

Dennis Voronin

Prior to joining the graduate school, Dennis spent five years working in the Viral Vector Technologies department at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals. At Regeneron, Dennis’ work focused on the rational optimization of mammalian Adeno-Associated Virus (AAV) capsids to evade recognition by the human system as a future delivery mechanism for gene therapies. He was also responsible for the development of multiple viral characterization assays and their implementation in an automated workflow. In addition to his industry work, Dennis has previously worked in the lab of Dr. Paul Bieniasz at Rockefeller University. While there, he worked under the mentorship of Dr. Theodora Hatzioannou researching HIV-1 restriction factors and their impact on viral transmission.

Dennis earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology, with a concentration in cell and molecular biology, from Cornell University in 2015. During his undergraduate studies he worked under the mentorship of Dr. Andrew Allison in the lab of Dr. Colin Parrish at the Baker Institute. He assisted on a collaborative effort with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to identify and track the capsid mutations in Canine Parvovirus that allowed host species switching in wild animals. 

Hometown: Novosibirsk, Russia


Hunt C, Hartford SA, White D, Pefanis E, Hanna T, Herman C, Wiley J, Brown H, Su Q, Xin Y, Voronin D, Nguyen H, Altarejos J, Crosby K, Haines J, Cancelarich S, Drummond M, Moller-Tank S, Malpass R, Buckley J, Del Pilar Molina-Portela M, Droguett G, Frendewey D, Chiao E, Zambrowicz B, Gong G. Tissue-specific activation of gene expression by the Synergistic Activation Mediator (SAM) CRISPRa system in mice. Nat Commun. 2021 May 13;12(1):2770. doi: 10.1038/s41467-021-22932-4. PMID: 33986266; PMCID: PMC8119962.

Schmidt F, Keele BF, Del Prete GQ, Voronin D, Fennessey CM, Soll S, Kane M, Raymond A, Gifford RJ, KewalRamani V, Lifson JD, Bieniasz PD, Hatziioannou T. Derivation of simian tropic HIV-1 infectious clone reveals virus adaptation to a new host. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2019 May 21;116(21):10504-10509. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1818059116. Epub 2019 May 2. PMID: 31048506; PMCID: PMC6535013.