Bo Shopsin at [NYU Langone Medical Center]

Bo Shopsin, MD, PhD

  • Specialty: Infectious Diseases & Immunology
  • Language: English
  • Phone: 212-375-2940


  • Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology
Board Certifications
  • American Board of Internal Medicine (Infectious Disease), 2006
  • American Board of Internal Medicine - Internal Medicine, 2005
Education and Training
  • Fellowship, New York University, Infectious Diseases, 2006
  • Residency, New York University, Internal Medicine, 2004
  • MD from New York University, 2001
  • PhD from New York University, 2000

Locations and Appointments

530 1st Avenue, Suite 7J
New York, NY 10016


Phone: 212-375-2940

New Bellevue Hospital

462 First Avenue, 16th Floor, 16S5
New York, NY 10016


Phone: 212-263-6402

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My Research

Our lab is focused on understanding the adaptive changes in S. aureus that take place during infection. An integrated approach is used that incorporates new technologies to detect low abundance variants in pooled bacterial populations, traditional bacterial and evolutionary genetics, and molecular population genetic analysis. A special focus of these studies is on the identification of within-host variation in the agr locus, a global regulator of virulence in S. aureus. agr mutants are attenuated for virulence in animal models of infection, and the majority of clinical isolates have a functional agr locus. However, agr-defective strains are frequently recovered from patients with a variety of hospital-acquired infections, suggesting that the occurrence of these strains may be favored under certain in vivo conditions. This work is motivated by practical questions in infectious diseases (such as the best use of antimicrobials that target agr and virulence), as well as more basic yet closely intertwined questions, such as how to explain the alterations that are responsible for adaptive changes atdifferent stages of S. aureus infections.

Learn more about my research


  • An rpsL-based allelic exchange vector for Staphylococcus aureus

    Chen, John; Ram, Geeta; Yoong, Pauline; Penades, Jose R; Shopsin, Bo; Novick, Richard P
    Plasmid. 2015 Feb. 79C: 8-14

  • The Cutaneous Microbiome in Outpatients Presenting With Acute Skin Abscesses

    Horton, James M; Gao, Zhan; Sullivan, D Matthew; Shopsin, Bo; Perez-Perez, Guillermo I; Blaser, Martin J
    Journal of infectious diseases. 2015 Jan. 211 (12): 1895-1904

  • Gastrointestinal Dissemination and Transmission of Staphylococcus aureus following Bacteremia

    Kernbauer, Elisabeth; Maurer, Katie; Torres, Victor J; Shopsin, Bo; Cadwell, Ken
    Infection & immunity. 2015 Jan. 83 (1): 372-378

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