Communicating Science with Vince Racaniello

Kate Stuart
April 8, 2015

Thursday, April 9
Light Hall 208

Vincent Racaniello, Ph.D.
Higgins Professor of Microbiology & Immunology
Department of Microbiology & Immunology, Columbia University
Podcast Host: This Week in Virology

Vincent Racaniello began his training in virology at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York, earning his Ph.D. in Peter Palese’s lab studying influenza viruses.  In 1979 he joined the lab of Dr. David Baltimore for his postdoctoral work where he studied poliovirus. During this time he was able to determine the sequence of the poliovirus genome and helped engineer a reverse genetics system for poliovirus.  He joined the faculty in the Department of Microbiology at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons in 1982 where he established a laboratory to study the biology of viral infections and train virologists. In his career Dr. Racaniello has worked on poliovirus, echovirus, enterovirus 70, rhinovirus, and hepatitis C virus.  His passion for virology was the inspiration for his podcast, This Week in Virology, which is now in its 329th episode and continues to grow in popularity.