Practice Associate Professor of Nursing

Nature and the environment have always fascinated Ross Johnson. When he began his undergraduate studies in science, he fell in love with how organisms work, and has studied and taught biology ever since. Today, he investigates how one of the world’s most infamous and lethal viruses—HIV—affects people in urban environments.

Though researchers discovered HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, in 1983, there is still no vaccine. In its absence, Johnson, who joined Penn Nursing in 2015, is researching ways to prevent the spread of HIV. He focuses on under-resourced communities where misinformation about the virus is still rampant and infection significantly affects population health.

“I am really excited about helping nursing students make connections between biology and patients’ health.”


  • PHD, University of Pennsylvania, 2003
  • MPH, Johns Hopkins University, 2015
  • MS, University of Michigan, 1987
  • BS, Pennsylvania State University , 1985