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.

Friday, 22 September 2017 01:48

TWiM 161 Letters

Anthony writes:

Will this be on TWiX?

I recognized Dr. Hotez's name from TWiP.

I've read that the Biblical plagues of Egypt were based on an actual flood and its disease aftermath.


Thursday, 21 September 2017 18:26

Eros, a bacterial aphrodisiac - TWiM 161

A discussion of Hurricane Harvey microbiology, and a bacterial enzyme that induces eukaryotic mating.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017 17:45

TWiV 459 Letters

Peter writes:

Good Morning,

I’m a fan of your show, though I admit I haven’t listened in a while.  You probably saw the news:..

Tuesday, 19 September 2017 17:18

TWiV 458 Letters

Anthony writes:

When I was looking for Fenner’s papers Online, I could not find any.  As luck would have it, someone soon after handed me a copy of the 1957 – 1958 Harvey lectures — one by Frank Fenner.  I put a PDF here:

Tuesday, 19 September 2017 17:02

Polio turns over a new leaf - TWiV 459

Review of the first FDA approved gene therapy, accidental exposure to poliovirus type 2 in a manufacturing plant, and production of a candidate poliovirus vaccine in plants.

The case of the Child from DR with Poppy Seed Sized Things On His Head Hair Shafts, and how the skin parasite landscape determines the infectiousness of Leishmania.

Monday, 11 September 2017 12:30

Saliva of the fittest - TWiV 458

An imported case of yellow fever in New York City, and how a dengue virus subgenomic RNA disrupts immunity in mosquito salivary glands to increase virus replication.

Friday, 08 September 2017 01:47

TWiM 160 Letters

Anthony writes:

Though in TWiM 157 Dr. Schaechter was mistaken concerning the brand, calcium carbonate indeed is an ingredient in antacid remedies.

The cat's name is Blake (see picture).

Friday, 08 September 2017 01:21

On the road to virus - TWiM 160

An update on Zika virus, and reveals a plasmid on the road to becoming a virus.

Tuesday, 05 September 2017 20:05

TWiV 457 Letters

Ed Grow writes:

Hi Vincent and the TWiV gang-

On TwiV 447 Pete asks several questions about ERVs, and I’ll try to answer them focusing on HERV biology but drawing on examples from other organisms.

If it were feasible to remove, say, 1 – 5% of the ERV base pairs from a sexually reproducing organism: Would you expect that organism to be able to reproduce with an unmodified partner?

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