Maureen Ferran earned her M.S. and Ph.D in Genetics from the University of Connecticut, where she studied how viruses evade the host immune response. She then went to the Laboratory of Viral Genetics within the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease at the National Institutes of Health, where she studied Human Papillomavirus. Maureen Ferran is an associate professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester NY, where she teaches several courses including Virology, Infectious Disease: Impact on Society and Culture, and Eukaryotic Gene Regulation and Disease. Her research lab focuses on the development of viruses as a cancer therapy and the use of imaging agents to detect and target cancer.