Robert Finberg

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Dr. Finberg’s contributions have been in the areas of viral pathogenesis and host defense. Among the first to recognize the recognition of non-enveloped viruses by cytolytic T cells (reoviruses), he was able to define the role of viruses in the generation of the host T cell response that results in organ rejection. Dr. Finberg defined a role for several cell surface proteins as being important virus receptor: including the Coxsackie and Adenovirus Receptor (CAR). Dr. Finberg was the first to demonstrate the important role of innate immunity, and in particular, the role of TLR2 and TLR4 in recognition of viruses. His studies of the evolution of influenza and the role of non-coding RNA in influenza replication have opened new areas of investigation on this important problem.