Silas Johnson

Silas F. Johnson

Associate Professor of Biology

Faculty Information

Additional Faculty Information for Silas F. Johnson


B.S., Hillsdale College, 2004

Ph.D., University of Michigan, 2012

Grants and Awards

Science Undergraduate Research Grant, Li-Cor Biosciences, 2015

Faculty Summer Leave Award, Hillsdale College, 2015, 2016

Rackham Graduate Student Research Grant, University of Michigan, 2008, 2010

Cancer Biology Training Grant Awardee, Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (T32), University of Michigan, 2007-2009

Evert McCabe/United Postal Service Scholarship, Hillsdale College, 2002-2004

H.K. & Carolyn A. Williams Scholarship, Hillsdale College, 2002-2004

Roscoe R. Rau Memorial Scholarship, Hillsdale College, 2000-2002

State of Michigan Merit Award Grant, Hillsdale College, 1999-2004


American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology American Society for Microbiology

Beta Beta Beta: National Biological Honor Society

Sigma Zeta: National Science & Mathematics Honor Society


Silas F. Johnson, John T. Collins, Victoria M. D’Souza, and Alice Telesnitsky (2014). Determinants of Moloney murine leukemia virus gag-pol and genomic RNA proportions. Journal of Virology 88(13):7267-75, Link to Article

Silas F. Johnson, Eric L. Garcia, Michael F. Summers, and Alice Telesnitsky (2012). Moloney murine leukemia virus RNA packaged in the absence of a full complement of wild type nucleocapsid protein. Virology 430:100-109, Link to Article


Silas F. Johnson and Alice Telesnitksy (2010). Retroviral RNA dimerization and packaging: the what, how, when, where, and why. PLoS Pathogens 6(10): Link to Article

Mengxi Jiang, Johanna R. Abend, Silas F. Johnson, and Michael J. Imperiale (2009). The role of polyomaviruses in human disease. Virology 384:266-273, Link to Article

Previous Positions and Employment

Instructor: United States Air Force Academy, 2013-2014

Technology Transfer Fellow: University of Michigan, 2013

Postdoctoral Fellow: University of Michigan, 2012-2013

Laboratory Technician: Proctor & Gamble Co., via On Assignment

Lab Support, 2005-2006

Laboratory Technician: Merit Laboratories Inc., 2004-2005

Professional Development:

Biology Scholars Program, American Society for Microbiology, 2016

Science Teaching Fellowship Program, American Society for Microbiology, 2014-2015

Course Design Retreat, United States Air Force Academy – Center for Educational Excellence, 2014

Faculty Development Program, United States Air Force Academy – Center for Educational Excellence, 2013-2014

Preparing Future Faculty Program, University of Michigan – Center for Research on Learning & Teaching, 2012

Rackham-CRLT Intercampus Mentorship Program, University of Michigan & Albion College, 2012