Alanna MacIntyre

Marine Scientist

Email: [[v|alanna,Contact Alanna MacIntyre]]
Phone: (804) 684-7858
Office: Chesapeake Bay Hall S211 (office) / S217 (lab)
Department: Aquatic Health Sciences


BS  Biochemistry  Virginia Tech


I work with marine microorganisms and viruses using molecular and microbiological techniques. The focus of research is on human pathogens found in the marine environment; Vibrio vulnificus, Virbrio parahaemolyticus, adenovirus, and norovirus. Research also involves detection and quantification of the shellfish pathogens oyster herpesvirus 1-μvar,  Perkinsus sp., and harmful algal bloom species from water, tissue, and soil samples via qPCR.  I am responsible for maintenance and instruction of use of the genetic analyzers in our facility (ABI 3500 & 3130xl).


  • Burge, C.A., Reece, K.S., Dhar, A.K., Kirkland, P., Morga, B. Dégremont, L., Faury, N., Wippel, B.J.T., MacIntyre, A. and C.S. Friedman (2020) First comparison of French and Australian OsHV-1 µvars by bath exposure. Dis. Aquat. Org. 138:137-144.
  • Friedman, C.S., Reece, K.S., Wippel, C.J.T., Agnew, M.V., Dégremont, L., Dhar, A.K., Kirkland, P., MacIntyre, A., Morga, B., Robison, C., and C.A. Burge (2020) Unraveling concordant and varying responses of oyster species to Ostreid Herpesvirus 1 variants. Sci. Total Environ. 739: 139752.
  • MacIntyre, E.A., Earnhart C.G. and S.L. Kaattari (2003) Host oyster tissue extracts modulate in vitro protease expression and cellular differentiation in the protozoan parasite, Perkinsus marinus. Parasitology. 126(4):293-302.
  • Faisal, M., MacIntyre, E.A., Adham, K.G., Tall, B.D., Kothary M.H. and J.F. La Peyre (1998) Evidence for the presence of protease inhibitors in eastern (Crassostrea virginica) and Pacific (Crassostrea gigas) oysters. Comp Biochem Physiol B: Comp Biochem. 121(2):161-8.
  • Turner, T.T., Miller D.W. and E.A. Avery (1995) Protein synthesis and secretion by the rat caput epididymidis in vivo: influence of the lumenal microenvironment. Biol Reprod. 52(5):1012-9.
  • Turner, T.T., Avery E.A. and T.J. Sawchuk (1994) Assessment of protein synthesis and secretion by rat seminiferous and epididymal tubules in vivo. Int J Androl. 17(4):205-13.
  • Henrich, V.C., Sliter, T.J., Lubahn, D.B., MacIntyre A. and L.I. Gilbert (1990) A sterioid/thyroid hormone receptor superfamily member in Drosophila melanogaster that shares extensive sequence similarity with a mammalian homologue. Nucleic Acids Res. 18(14):4143-8.

Dr. Kimberly Reece