Vincent Racaniello

Vincent Racaniello

Vincent Racaniello, Ph.D. is Professor of Microbiology at Columbia University Medical Center. As principal investigator of his laboratory, he oversees the research that is carried out by Ph.D. students and postdoctoral fellows. He also teaches virology to graduate students, as well as medical, dental, and nursing students.

Vincent entered the world of social media in 2004 with virology blog, followed by This Week in Virology. Videocasts of lectures from his undergraduate virology course are on iTunes University and virology blog. You can find him on WikipediaTwitter, Facebook, and Instagram. His goal is to be Earth’s virology professor. In recognition of his contribution to microbiology education, he was awarded the Peter Wildy Prize for Microbiology Education by the Society for General Microbiology. His Wildy Lecture provides an overview of how he uses social media for science communication.

Recorded at ASM Microbe 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia, TWiM talks to Christina Kellogg talks about her career and her research on coral microbial ecology.

Thursday, 31 May 2018 22:37

Microbial sibling conflict - TWiM 177

Bacteriophage evolution in a dairy plant, and killing of less fit cells among social microbes.

Saturday, 26 May 2018 20:22

TWiP 152 Letters

David writes:

Dear Hosts,

I will venture a guess that the Panamanian mother with a painful, bloated abdomen and steatorrhea is suffering from giardiasis caused by Giardia lamblia, a parasite which is reported to survive in roof water runoff contaminated by fecal matter...

Saturday, 26 May 2018 20:16

A range of rads - TWiP 152

The case of the Panamanian Mother with Steatorrhea, and new monoclonal antibodies that effectively block malarial infection.

Monday, 28 May 2018 20:11

TWiV 495 Letters

Wink writes:

Dear TWIV Professors,

Thanks for the great Ebola update! As is customary, you began with a conversation about epidemiology. Missing from your discussion (and all other modern reviews of Ebola) is the originally reported mechanism for viral amplification in a human community (one reference below)...

Follow up on the Ebola virus outbreak, virulence of Ebola-Makona, and how a parasitoid is revealed to hyperparasitoids.

The ongoing outbreak of Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and the finding that mutations identified in the 2015 West African epidemic do not alter pathogenesis in animals. 

Monday, 21 May 2018 18:44

TWiV 494 Letters

Anthony writes:

I’ve wondered if clouds could carry influenza from migrating birds flying over or through them.  A dark cloud preventing the passage of UV could be the silver lining for the virus....


Thursday, 17 May 2018 19:19

Elio has lots of colanic acid - TWiM 176

The passing of Stanley Falkow, give E. coli an archaeal membrane, and how the microbiome can make worms live longer.

Thursday, 17 May 2018 19:15

TWiM 176 Letters

Amir writes:

Hey guys, hello from sunny Israel (83F, perfect beach weather)
Thanks a lot for the podcasts, I'm really enjoying them.
I'm hearing a lot recently about the E.coli outbreak in romaine lettuce , and was wondering...
Do you know how do they trace the source and the specific bacteria?

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