McMaster University

McMaster University

Delsworth Harnish

, PhD

Pathology and Molecular Medicine

Division: Molecular Medicine

Vice-Dean, Undergraduate Education, Faculty of Health Sciences
Professor, Biology
Academic Director, McMaster’s Centre for Leadership in Learning
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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