Keck School Faculty

Olivier Pernet

Olivier Pernet

Assistant Professor of Research Pediatrics
1333 San Pablo St. Health Sciences Campus Los Angeles


Nature Microbiology: NSV-2018 Nature Microbiology Poster Award, 2018

The 2017 Palm Springs Symposium on HIV/AIDS: HIV Disease from Resistance to Cure” Award, 2017

Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI): Core Voucher Award, 2017

École Normale Supérieure de Lyon, Lyon, France: Doctorate Degree with highest distinction, 2009

Paris VII University, Paris, France: Master Degree with honors, 2006

University, Rennes, France: Academic Excellence Award - Rennes, 2005

Quantification of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 Binding Antibody Levels To Assess Infection and Vaccine-Induced Immunity Using WHO Standards Microbiol Spectr. 2023 Jan 23; e0370922. . View in PubMed

The Evolutionary Dance between Innate Host Antiviral Pathways and SARS-CoV-2 Pathogens. 2022 May 03; 11(5). . View in PubMed

Suppressing fatty acid synthase by type I interferon and chemical inhibitors as a broad spectrum anti-viral strategy against SARS-CoV-2 Acta Pharm Sin B. 2022 Apr; 12(4):1624-1635. . View in PubMed

Seroprevalence of Antibodies Specific to Receptor Binding Domain of SARS-CoV-2 and Vaccination Coverage Among Adults in Los Angeles County, April 2021: The LA Pandemic Surveillance Cohort Study JAMA Netw Open. 2022 01 04; 5(1):e2144258. . View in PubMed

Nipah Virus C Protein Recruits Tsg101 to Promote the Efficient Release of Virus in an ESCRT-Dependent Pathway PLoS Pathog. 2016 05; 12(5):e1005659. . View in PubMed

Stem cell-based therapies for HIV/AIDS Adv Drug Deliv Rev. 2016 08 01; 103:187-201. . View in PubMed

Molecular recognition of human ephrinB2 cell surface receptor by an emergent African henipavirus Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2015 Apr 28; 112(17):E2156-65. . View in PubMed

Timing of galectin-1 exposure differentially modulates Nipah virus entry and syncytium formation in endothelial cells J Virol. 2015 Mar; 89(5):2520-9. . View in PubMed

Efficient reverse genetics reveals genetic determinants of budding and fusogenic differences between Nipah and Hendra viruses and enables real-time monitoring of viral spread in small animal models of henipavirus infection J Virol. 2015 Jan 15; 89(2):1242-53. . View in PubMed

Evidence for henipavirus spillover into human populations in Africa Nat Commun. 2014 Nov 18; 5:5342. . View in PubMed

Functional rectification of the newly described African henipavirus fusion glycoprotein (Gh-M74a) J Virol. 2014 May; 88(9):5171-6. . View in PubMed

Nipah virus envelope-pseudotyped lentiviruses efficiently target ephrinB2-positive stem cell populations in vitro and bypass the liver sink when administered in vivo J Virol. 2013 Feb; 87(4):2094-108. . View in PubMed

Interferon-inducible cholesterol-25-hydroxylase broadly inhibits viral entry by production of 25-hydroxycholesterol Immunity. 2013 Jan 24; 38(1):92-105. . View in PubMed

Regulation of the nucleocytoplasmic trafficking of viral and cellular proteins by ubiquitin and small ubiquitin-related modifiers Biol Cell. 2012 Mar; 104(3):121-38. . View in PubMed

Henipavirus receptor usage and tropism Curr Top Microbiol Immunol. 2012; 359:59-78. . View in PubMed

Nipah virus entry can occur by macropinocytosis Virology. 2009 Dec 20; 395(2):298-311. . View in PubMed

Dr. Olivier Pernet is a virologist with over 15 years of research experience in the field of emerging zoonotic viruses, with a special attention on bat related diseases (Nipah Virus, Ebola Virus, SARS-CoV-1, SARS-CoV-2,...). Dr. Pernet work focuses on host-virus interactions and how to use them for biomedical applications (outbreak preparedness, surveillance, high-throughput serology, drug discovery, gene therapy,...).
After a brief period at bioMérieux where he worked on SARS-CoV-1 detection assay, Dr. Pernet moved to Paris and completed a Master Degree in Medical Virology at the Paris Diderot University and the Institut Pasteur. He then joined the École Normale Supérieure de Lyon for his PhD under the mentorship of Dr. Robin Buckland. There he studied Henipaviruses cellular entry in the Bio-Safety Level 4 Jean Mérieux P4 laboratory. During his time in Lyon, he unraveled a new entry model for Paramyxoviruses and identify drugs with the potential to treat the dreaded Nipah Virus. He also worked on antivirals targeting Ebola Virus and Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever Virus. Additionally, while in France Dr. Pernet worked on outbreak prevention and mitigation by studying viral shedding in bats from France and Mali.
Dr. Pernet then moved to the US on a joint position at UCLA and UTMB/Galveston National Laboratory. Under the supervision of Dr. Benhur Lee and Dr. Alexander Freiberg, he continued his work on viral entry, using the Henipavirus glycoproteins to design new vectors for gene therapy. While at UCLA, Dr. Pernet also documented the first human cases of Henipavirus on the African continent and identified risk factors for zoonotic transmission in Cameroon.
He has since moved on to become a faculty at Keck Medicine of USC, in the department of Pediatrics where he works on immune response toward viral (co)infections in LA's highly diverse population. During the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, Dr. Pernet has continued his work at Keck Medicine of USC, where he developed a highly sensitive saliva-based assays against SARS-CoV-2 in order to increase hospitals testing capacities in the early days of the pandemic, and then worked the immune system interaction with COVID-19, vaccine response, and mother to child transmission of SARS-CoV-2.
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