Rebecca Veenhuis, PhD

Assistant Professor


BS Florida State University, 2008
PhD Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine 2016

Dr. Rebecca Veenhuis is an Assistant Professor of Molecular and Comparative Pathobiology (MCP), and Neurology, at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine with expertise in immunology and HIV latent reservoirs.

Dr. Veenhuis received her undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences from Florida State University. After earning her undergraduate degree, she worked for the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta, GA developing mass spectrometry-based technologies to detect select agents in biological specimens. She then went on to complete her Ph.D. in immunology and post-doctoral fellowship in HIV virology and immunology, at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where she focused on understanding the cross talk between the innate and adaptive immune systems regarding chronic viral infections. In 2018 she joined Dr. Janice Clements’ lab as a Research Associate where she began her studies on the myeloid reservoir in the SIV macaque model of HIV.

In 2020, Dr. Veenhuis became an Assistant Professor in MCP at Johns Hopkins University. Her research interests include understanding how the immune system regulates chronic viral infections and in turn how these diseases can regulate the immune response. Her areas of specific focus include understanding inflammasome activation in the CNS during SIV infection, as well as elucidating the role myeloid reservoirs play in ART treated HIV/SIV infection. She has recently received support from NIMH to study sex-based differences in the myeloid reservoirs of people with HIV and SIV-infected ART-suppressed macaques.