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.

Thursday, 19 April 2018 16:37

Fast food - TWiP 150

The case of the Panamanian Man With Leg Ulcer, and how a crab predator preferentially feeds on parasite infected prey – even though the parasite makes them faster!

Thursday, 19 April 2018 16:33

TWiP 150 Letters

Jason writes:

Hi Vincent and Dick.  My name is Jason Rohr and I study various parasites of humans and wildlife.  I just wanted to thank you for covering our recently published work on This Week in Parasitism (Halstead et al. 2018. Agrochemicals increase risk of human schistosomiasis by supporting higher densities of intermediate hosts. Nat. Comm.  9, Article number: 837). It was great – a lot of fun to listen to!..

Sunday, 22 April 2018 15:52

Shave ice and giant viruses - TWiV 490

Human cowpox infection possibly acquired from a pet cat, and a new giant mimivirus of green algae with genes encoding enzymes of fermentation.

Monday, 23 April 2018 15:31

TWiV 490 Letters

Chris writes:

Dear TWiV

I wanted to bring to your attention a recent publication, authored by Grieg F. Steward and myself, that describes an interesting virus that encodes fermentation genes, titled:

“A giant virus infecting green algae encodes key fermentation genes”

The article is open access and can be downloaded from ScienceDirect at...

Thursday, 19 April 2018 16:09

TWiM 174 Letters

8 Nadia writes: - book giveaway winner

Dear TWIMers,

I am writing to win the book contest. When I heard you were giving away a book I was excited...and then I heard you were giving away a book about Clinical Laboratory Managment (my chosen career path) and I was ecstatic. Could you imagine the emotion I will feel if I win the book?

Thursday, 19 April 2018 15:01

A Gathering Typhoid Storm - TWiM 174

Why untreatable typhoid fever might be on the way, and the evolution of fungal virulence in tropical frogs.

Sunday, 15 April 2018 13:12

CD4 Hunter - TWiV 489

Vincent visits Sandra Urdaneta-Hartmann at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia to talk about the development of the mobile video game ‘CD4 Hunter’

Recent mumps virus outbreaks in the US are due to waning vaccine efficacy, and an intranasally delivered small interfering RNA that controls West Nile infection in the brain.

Monday, 09 April 2018 16:21

TWiV 488 Letters

Jacob writes:

Dear TWIV Team,

I always enjoy your podcast and especially enjoyed this week’s episode on defective viral genomes, a topic I studied as a graduate student.  The paper that you discussed from the Saleh Lab has so many novel and exciting features regarding the role of DVGs in insect infections...

Sunday, 01 April 2018 16:45

Milwaukee viral - TWiV 487

At the Medical College of Wisconsin, Vincent talks with current and former members of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology about their work and their careers. 

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