Contact IMV

IMV Executive Assistant


tel. (612) 624-1926

fax. (612) 625-1108


18-242 Moos Tower
515 Delaware St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

General Questions:

Mark R. Schleiss,

Pediatrics, Medical School

Phone: 612-624-1966



M.D., Oregon Health Sciences University

Research Interests


Selected Recent Publications

  • Schleiss MR, Jensen NJ. Cloning and expression of the guinea pig cytomegalovirus glycoprotein B (gB) in a recombinant baculovirus: utility for vaccine studies for the prevention of experimental infection. J Virol Methods. 2003;108(1):59-65.
  • Schleiss MR, Bourne N, Bravo FJ, et al. Quantitative-competitive PCR monitoring of viral load following experimental guinea pig cytomegalovirus infection. J Virol Methods. 2003;108(1):103-10.
  • Schleiss MR. Vertically transmitted herpesvirus infections. Herpes. 2003;10(1):4-11.
  • Xanthakos SA, Schleiss MR. Glycoprotein B genotyping of cytomegalovirus strains isolated in a pediatric population. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2003;22(5):462-3.
  • Haggerty SM, Schleiss MR. A novel CC-chemokine homolog encoded by guinea pig cytomegalovirus. Virus Genes. 2002;25(3):271-9.
  • Penfold M, Miao Z, Wang Y, Haggerty S, Schleiss MR. A macrophage inflammatory protein homolog encoded by guinea pig cytomegalovirus signals via CC chemokine receptor 1. Virology. 2003;316(2):202-12.
  • Schleiss MR, Bourne N, Bernstein DI. Preconception vaccination with a glycoprotein B (gB) DNA vaccine protects against cytomegalovirus (CMV) transmission in the guinea pig model of congenital CMV infection. J Infect Dis. 2003;188(12):1868-74.
  • McGregor A, Schleiss MR. Herpesvirus genome mutagenesis by transposon-mediated strategies. Methods Mol Biol. 2004;256:281-302.
  • McGregor A, Liu F, Schleiss MR. Identification of essential and non-essential genes of the guinea pig cytomegalovirus (GPCMV) genome via transposome mutagenesis of an infectious BAC clone. Virus Res. 2004;101(2):101-8.
  • Schleiss MR, Bourne N, Stroup G, et al. Protection against congenital cytomegalovirus infection and disease in guinea pigs, conferred by a purified recombinant glycoprotein B vaccine. J Infect Dis. 2004;189(8):1374-81.
  • McGregor A, Liu F, Schleiss MR. Molecular, biological, and in vivo characterization of the guinea pig cytomegalovirus (CMV) homologs of the human CMV matrix proteins pp71 (UL82) and pp65 (UL83). J Virol. 2004;78(18):9872-89.
  • Blackman SC , Lurain NS , Witte DP, Filipovich AH, Groen P, Schleiss MR. Emergence and compartmentalization of fatal multi-drug-resistant cytomegalovirus infection in a patient with autosomal-recessive severe combined immune deficiency. J Pediatr Hematol Oncol. 2004;26(9):601-5.
  • Schleiss MR, McVoy MA. Overview of congenitally and perinatally acquired cytomegalovirus infections: recent advances in antiviral therapy. Expert Rev Anti Infect Ther. 2004;2(3):389-403.
  • Schleiss MR, Bernstein DI, Passo M, Parker S, Meric C, Verdier F, Newkirk MM. Lack of induction of autoantibody responses following immunization with cytomegalovirus (CMV) glycoprotein B (gB) in healthy CMV-seronegative subjects. Vaccine. 2004;23(5):687-92.
  • Schleiss MR, Bernstein DI, McVoy MA, Stroup G, Bravo F, Creasy B, McGregor A, Henninger K, Hallenberger S. The non-nucleoside antiviral, BAY 38-4766, protects against cytomegalovirus (CMV) disease and mortality in immunocompromised guinea pigs. Antiviral Res. 2005;65(1):35-43.
  • Schleiss MR. Antiviral therapy of congenital cytomegalovirus infection. Semin Pediatr Infect Dis. 2005;16(1):50-9.
  • Schleiss MR, Heineman TC. Progress toward an elusive goal: current status of cytomegalovirus vaccines. Expert Rev Vaccines. 2005;4(3):381-406.
  • Madden C, Wiley S, Schleiss MR, Benton C, Meinzen-Derr J, Greinwald J, Choo D. Audiometric, clinical and educational outcomes in a pediatric symptomatic congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV) population with sensorineural hearing loss. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2005;69(9):1191-8.


Featured News & Events

'Wisc-e-sota', a Joint UMN-UW Virology Training Grant Symposium was first held on Friday, Sepbember 20th, 2013 at the Uniiversity of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Cartwright Center. This was the inaugural collaborative symposium of the NIH T32-supported virology training programs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Talks and poster sessions were presented by students, postdocs and faculty. The second UMN-UW Virology Training Grant Symposium will be held in the Fall 2014. Details to follow.

The 2014 IMV Symposium will be held on May 12, 2014 and Mark Denison (Vanderbilt) and Bert Semler (UC-Irvine) will be the Keynote Speakers. Click on the link below to register and submit abstracts.

About the IMV icon

Read about bacteriophage phi 29 and why it matters.

IMV Timeline

Explore nearly a century's worth of discovery in the field of virology at the University of Minnesota.


"This Week in Virology" from professor Vincent Racaniello.