Skip to main content
Melodie L. Weller

Melodie L. Weller, PhD

Languages spoken: English

Academic Information

Departments Adjunct - Pathology

Academic Office Information

Research Interests

  • Virology
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Oral Health
  • Infectious Disease
  • Infectious Disease Surveillance

Education History

Fellowship National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, National Institutes of Health
Research Fellow
National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, National Institutes of Health
Postdoctoral Fellow
Doctoral Training University of Montana
Central Washington University
Undergraduate Central Washington University

Selected Publications

Journal Article

  1. Weller ML, Gardener MR, Bogus ZC, Smith MA, Astorri E, Michael DG, Michael DA, Zheng C, Burbelo PD, Lai Z, Wilson PA, Swaim W, Handelman B, Afione SA, Bombardieri M, Chiorini JA (2016). Hepatitis Delta Virus Detected in Salivary Glands of Sjögren's Syndrome Patients and Recapitulates a Sjögren's Syndrome-Like Phenotype in Vivo. Pathog Immun, 1(1), 12-40.
  2. Gan L, OHanlon TP, Lai Z, Fannin R, Weller ML, Rider LG, Chiorini JA, Miller FW (2015). Gene Expression Profiles from Disease Discordant Twins Suggest Shared Antiviral Pathways and Viral Exposures among Multiple Systemic Autoimmune Diseases. PLoS One, 10(11), e0142486.
  3. Li Q, Wilkie AR, Weller M, Liu X, Cohen JI (2015). THY-1 Cell Surface Antigen (CD90) Has an Important Role in the Initial Stage of Human Cytomegalovirus Infection. PLoS Pathog, 11(7), e1004999.
  4. Michael D, Soi S, Cabera-Perez J, Weller M, Alexander S, Alevizos I, Illei G, Chiorini J (2011). Microarray analysis of sexually dimorphic gene expression in human minor salivary glands. Oral Dis, 17(7), 653-61.
  5. Brindley MA, Hunt CL, Kondratowicz AS, Bowman J, Sinn PL, McCray PB Jr, Quinn K, Weller ML, Chiorini JA, Maury W (2011). Tyrosine kinase receptor Axl enhances entry of Zaire ebolavirus without direct interactions with the viral glycoprotein. Virology, 415(2), 83-94.
  6. Kondratowicz AS, Lennemann NJ, Sinn PL, Davey RA, Hunt CL, Moller-Tank S, Meyerholz DK, Rennert P, Mullins RF, Brindley M, Sandersfeld LM, Quinn K, Weller M, McCray PB Jr, Chiorini J, Maury W (2011). T-cell immunoglobulin and mucin domain 1 (TIM-1) is a receptor for Zaire Ebolavirus and Lake Victoria Marburgvirus. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, 108(20), 8426-31.
  7. Weller ML, Amornphimoltham P, Schmidt M, Wilson PA, Gutkind JS, Chiorini JA (2010). Epidermal growth factor receptor is a co-receptor for adeno-associated virus serotype 6. Nat Med, 16(6), 662-4.
  8. Quinn K, Brindley MA, Weller ML, Kaludov N, Kondratowicz A, Hunt CL, Sinn PL, McCray PB Jr, Stein CS, Davidson BL, Flick R, Mandell R, Staplin W, Maury W, Chiorini JA (2009). Rho GTPases modulate entry of Ebola virus and vesicular stomatitis virus pseudotyped vectors. J Virol, 83(19), 10176-86.
  9. Weller ML, Stone IM, Goss A, Rau T, Rova C, Poulsen DJ (2008). Selective overexpression of excitatory amino acid transporter 2 (EAAT2) in astrocytes enhances neuroprotection from moderate but not severe hypoxia-ischemia. Neuroscience, 155(4), 1204-11.


  1. Chiorini J, Yin H, Weller M (2017). Methods for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Sjogren's Syndrome. U.S. Patent No. 10864285. Washington, D.C.:U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
  2. Chiorini J, Weller M (2013). Role of Novel Hepatitis Delta Virus Variant in Sjogren’s Syndrome. U.S. Patent No. 61/888,706. Washington, D.C.:U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
  3. Chiorini J, Weller M (2010). Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor (EGFR) and Methods of Use in Adenoviral-Associated Virus Type 6 (AAV6) Transduction. U.S. Patent No. 20120064038. Washington, D.C.:U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.