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Nicole Bracci, Ph.D.

Department of Microbiology,
University of Pennsylvania


2017 B.S. Molecular and Cellular Biology – The Pennsylvania State University – University Park, PA

2017 B.S. Forensic Science – The Pennsylvania State University – University Park, PA

2022 Future Professoriate Graduate Certificate – Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University- Blacksburg, VA

2022 Ph.D. Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences – Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University – Blacksburg, VA

2022 – Present PennPORT Fellow, Department of Microbiology – University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA

Research Mentor: Susan Weiss, Ph.D.

Research Topic: Host immune responses for coronavirus and flavivirus infections

Teaching Interests: Molecular Biology, Virology, Cell Biology, General Microbiology,


Behnia, M., Baer, A., Skidmore, A., Lehman, C., Bracci, N., Kehn-Hall, K., & Bradfute, S. (2022). Inactivation of Venezuelan equine encephalitis virus genome using two methods. Viruses. 14(2), 272.

Bracci, N., de la Fuenta, C., Saleem, S., Pinkham, C., Narayanan, A., Garcia-Sastre, A., Balaraman, V., Richt, J., Wilson, W., & Kehn-Hall, K. (2021). Rift Valley fever virus Gn V5-epitope-tagged virus enables identification of UBR4 as a Gn interacting protein that facilitates Rift Valley fever virus production. Virology. 567(2022), 65.

Tang, K. T., Chen, H. H., Chen, T. T., Bracci, N. R., & Lin, C. C. (2021). Dendritic Cells and Antiphospholipid Syndrome: An Updated Systematic Review. Life (Basel, Switzerland), 11(8), 801.

Chuo, W. H., Tung, Y. T., Wu, C. L., Bracci, N. R., Chang, Y. K., Huang, H. Y., & Lin, C. C. (2021). Alantolactone Suppresses Proliferation and the Inflammatory Response in Human HaCaT Keratinocytes and Ameliorates Imiquimod-Induced Skin Lesions in a Psoriasis-Like Mouse Model. Life (Basel, Switzerland), 11(7), 616.

Dahal, B., Lehman, C.W., Akhrymuk, I., Bracci, N.R., Panny, L., Barrera, M.D., Bhalla, N., Jacobs, J.L., Dinman, J.D., Kehn-Hall, K. (2021). PERK Is Critical for Alphavirus Nonstructural Protein Translation. Viruses. 13(5), 892.

Lin, S. C., Lehman, C., Stewart, A. K., Panny, L., Bracci, N., Wright, J., Paige, M., Strangman, W. K., & Kehn-Hall, K. (2021). Homoseongomycin, a compound isolated from marine actinomycete bacteria K3-1, is a potent inhibitor of encephalitic alphaviruses. Antiviral research, 191.

Lehman, C. W., Kehn-Hall, K., Aggarwal, M., Bracci, N., Pan, H. C., Panny, L., Lamb, R. A., & Lin, S. C. (2021). Resveratrol Inhibits Venezuelan Equine Encephalitis Virus Infection by Interfering with the AKT/GSK Pathway. Plants (Basel, Switzerland)10(2), 346.

Bracci, N., Pan, H., Lehman, C., Kehn-Hall, K., Lin, S. (2020). Improved Plaque Assay for Human Coronaviruses 229E and OC43. PeerJ Journals8, e10639.

Lin, S., Lin, C., Li, S., Lin, W., Lehman, C., Bracci, N., & Tsai, S. (2020). Alleviation of Collagen-Induced Arthritis by Crotonoside through Modulation of Dendritic Cell Differentiation and Activation. Plants (Basel, Switzerland)9(11), E1535.

Wu, C. S., Lin, S. C., Li, S., Chiang, Y. C., Bracci, N., Lehman, C. W., Tang, K. T., & Lin, C. C. (2020). Phloretin alleviates dinitrochlorobenzene-induced dermatitis in BALB/c mice. International journal of immunopathology and pharmacology34, 2058738420929442.

Carey, B. D., Akhrymuk, I., Dahal, B., Pinkham, C. L., Bracci, N., Finstuen-Magro, S., Lin, S. C., Lehman, C. W., Sokoloski, K. J., & Kehn-Hall, K. (2020). Protein Kinase C subtype δ interacts with Venezuelan equine encephalitis virus capsid protein and regulates viral RNA binding through modulation of capsid phosphorylation. PLoS pathogens16(3), e1008282.

Lin, S. C., Carey, B. D., Callahan, V., Lee, J. H., Bracci, N., Patnaik, A., Smith, A. K., Narayanan, A., Lepene, B., & Kehn-Hall, K. (2020). Use of Nanotrap particles for the capture and enrichment of Zika, chikungunya and dengue viruses in urine. PloS one15(1), e0227058.

Gogovi, G. K., Almsned, F., Bracci, N., Kehn-Hall, K., Shehu, A., & Blaisten-Barojas, E. (2019). Modeling the Tertiary Structure of the Rift Valley Fever Virus L Protein. Molecules (Basel, Switzerland)24(9), 1768.

Lin, S., Chen, M., Liu, S., Callahan, V., Bracci, N., Lehman, C., Dahal, B., de la Fuente, C., Lin, C., Wang, T., & Kehn-Hall, K. (2019). Phloretin inhibits Zika virus infection by interfering with cellular glucose utilization. International journal of antimicrobial agents54(1), 80–84.

Pinkham, C., Ahmed, A., Bracci, N., Narayanan, A., & Kehn-Hall, K. (2018). Host-based processes as therapeutic targets for Rift Valley fever virus. Antiviral research160.

Almsned, F., Gogovi, G., Bracci, N., Kehn-Hall, K., Blaisten-Barojas, E., & Shehu, A. (2018). Modeling the Tertiary Structure of a Multi-domain Protein. Proceedings of the 2018 ACM International Conference on Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, and Health Informatics - BCB 18. doi: 10.1145/3233547.3233702

Pinkham C, Dahal B, de la Fuente CL, Bracci N, Beitzel B, Lindquist M, Garrison A, Schmaljohn C, Palacios G, Narayanan A, Campbell CE, Kehn-Hall K. Alterations in the host transcriptome in vitro following Rift Valley fever virus infection. Sci Rep. 2017 Oct 30;7(1):14385. doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-14800-3. PMID: 29085037; PMCID: PMC5662566.




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