McMaster University

McMaster University

Delsworth Harnish

, PhD

Pathology and Molecular Medicine

Division: Molecular Medicine

Professor, Biology
Academic Director, McMaster’s Centre for Leadership in Learning Assistant Dean, Education Service, Bachelor of Health Sciences program
Academic Director, Learning Technologies Resource Centre

McMaster University
3308 Michael DeGroote Centre for Leadership & Learning
905-525-9140 ext. 22815
Fax: 905-540-3825

Assistant: Penny Losier

Currently accepting graduate students

Delsworth Harnish

Faculty Biography

Education and Professional Standing

  • PhD, Biology, McMaster University, 1982
  • MSc, Biology, Queen's University, 1979
  • BSc, Hons. Biology, Queen's University, 1977


  • Replication of latent and persistent viruses and computer-aided instruction.
  • Human papillomaviruses and cervical cancer and the role of technology in education.
  • Molecular biological tools are utilized to define the role of HPV in cervical cancer and appropriate vaccine strategies for prevention.
  • Participant in a National Network for the Evaluation of Education Technologies (EVNET).

Selected Publications

  • Harnish DG, Belland LM, Scheid EE, Rohan TE. Evaluation of human papillomavirus-consensus primers for HPV detection by the polymerase chain reaction. Mol Cell Probes. 1999 Feb;13(1):9-21.
  • Polyak SJ, Zheng S, Harnish DG. 5' termini of Pichinde arenavirus S RNAs and mRNAs contain nontemplated nucleotides. J Virol. 1995 May;69(5):3211-5.
  • Polyak SJ, Zheng S, Harnish DG. Analysis of Pichinde arenavirus transcription and replication in human THP-1 monocytic cells. Virus Res. 1995 Apr;36(1):37-48.
  • Jevon GP, Elavathil LJ, Harnish DG, deSa DJ. Epstein-Barr virus in non-Hodgkin's lymphomas and lymphoid tissue in children. Pediatr Pathol Lab Med. 1995 Mar-Apr;15(2):283-90.
  • Rohan TE, McLaughlin JR, Harnish DG. Repeatability of interview-derived information on sexual history: a study in women. Epidemiology. 1994 May;5(3):360-3.
  • Ozols DY, Rawls WE, Rosenthal KL, Harnish DG. The nucleoprotein of Pichinde virus expressed by a vaccinia-Pichinde virus recombinant partially protects hamsters from lethal virus challenge. Arch Virol. 1994;139(1-2):23-36.
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