Professor Vincent Racaniello
Host of This Week in Virology (TWiV) with live recording onsite at the Meeting alongside speakers selected from oral abstracts

Vincent Racaniello was born in Paterson, NJ, the son of an English teacher mother and physician Father. He received an A.B. degree in Biology from Cornell University in 1974. In 1980, for work carried out with Dr. Peter Palese on reassortment of influenza viruses, he received the Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from Mt. Sinai School of Medicine of the City University of New York. He then did postdoctoral work with Dr. David Baltimore at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he produced the first infectious DNA copy of an RNA animal virus, poliovirus. in 1982 he joined the College of Physicians and Surgeons as Assistant Professor of Microbiology. His laboratory made seminal discoveries in the field of RNA viruses, including discovery of the cell receptor for poliovirus, and establishment of the first transgenic animal model for a viral disease. Following his belief that scientists must communicate their work to a broader audience, established the non-profit MicrobeTV which produces nine different science podcasts videos of Vincent’s virology course lectures. His goal is to be Earth’s Virology Professor.


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