Dahlene Fusco, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Medicine

School of Medicine
Dahlene Fusco, MD, PhD

Education & Affiliations

MD, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, NY
PhD, Structural Biology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, NY
Residency, Internal Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
Fellowship, Infectious Disease, Weil Cornell Medical College, New York, NY


Dahlene Fusco MD PhD has been a member of Tulane University Medical Center since July 2018. Her lab is dedicated to identification of host factors that mediate the interferon antiviral response distal to viral subversion points, using in vitro and in vivo models for dengue and Zika virus. Information obtained in these studies will be used to identify pre-clinical host targets for broad-acting antiviral design as well as host variability that influences viral pathology.

Board Certifications: Internal Medicine, Infectious Disease; suboxone waiver



Key Recent Publications:

  1. Dahlene Fusco Cynthia Brisac, Sinu John, Yi-Wen Huang, Christopher Chin, Tiao Xie, Hong Zhao, Nikolaus Jilg, Leiliang Zhang, Stephane Chevaliez, Daniel Wambua, Wenyu Lin, Lee Peng, Raymond T Chung, Abraham L Brass. A genetic screen identifies interferon-α effector genes required to suppress hepatitis C virus replication.Gastroenterology. 2013 Jun;144(7):1438-49. PMC3665646. 
  2. Dahlene N. Fusco (corresponding author), Henry Pratt, Stephen Kandilas, Scarlett Se Yun Cheon, Wenyu Lin, D.  Alex Cronkite, Megha Basavappa, Kate Jeffrey, Anthony Anselmo, Ruslan Sadreyev, Clarence Yapp, Xu Shi, John F. O’Sullivan, Robert E. Gerszten, Takuya Tomaru and Satoshi Yoshino, Tetsurou Satoh, Raymond T. Chung. HELZ2 is an IFN Effector Mediating Suppression of Dengue Virus. Frontiers in Microbiology 20 February 2017 https://doi.org/10.3389/fmicb.2017.00240
  3. Raissa Djoufack, Aisha Mohamed, Scarlett Se Yun Cheon., Fatou Faye, Korka Diouf, Richard Colvin, James Morrill, Ann-Marie Duffy-Keane, Ponni Perumalswami, Gonzague Jourdain, Dahlene N. Fusco. (corresponding author). Outreach to Immigrant Population in Greater Boston Area: Key to Improving Hepatitis B Knowledge. World Journal of Gastroenterology: World J Gastroenterol. 2017 Nov 14; 23(42): 7626–7634. PMID: 29204062.
  4. Dahlene N. Fusco (corresponding author), Lilia Ganova-Raeva, Yury Khudyakov, Lili Punkova, Aisha Mohamed, Scarlett Se Yun Cheon, Prapti Koirala, Karin Andersson, Gonzague Jourdain, Camille Sureau, Raymond T. Chung, Georg Lauer. Reactivation of a vaccine-escape HBV mutant in a Cambodian patient during anti-HCV therapy. Front Med (Lausanne). 2018; 5: 97. Published online 2018 Apr 30. PMID: 29761102.

Research: Currently, Dr. Fusco's lab is focused on identifying host factors that mediate the interferon antiviral response, using in vitro and in vino models for dengue and Zika virus.

Clinical: Viral hepatitis