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.

How the three-dimensional structure of the giant Cafeteria roenbergensis virus suggests a new mode of assembly, and the apparent elimination of dengue fever in an Australian city by release of mosquitoes harboring Wolbachia.

Sunday, 12 August 2018 15:44

TWiV 506 Letters

David writes:

Dear Twivniks,

Re TWiV 505, here’s a thought on potential mechanisms for involvement of virus immunity in Alzheimer’s disease. I’m sure I read somewhere the notion that the capacity of cells to dispose of protein aggregates, misfolded or otherwise, could be a factor in progressive cellular damage...

The case of the Ecuadorian with Immunodeficiency and Chronic Diarrhea. Oral transmission of Chagas disease in mice. 

Wednesday, 08 August 2018 17:05

TWiP 156 Letters

Case guesses:

Wink writes:

Dear TWIP Professors,

Tough case! I do not know the diagnosis but that will not stop me from taking a wild guess. My gambit is Chagas disease. I know that this 60+ man with low globulins and low lymphocytes does not have a typical case of American trypanosomiasis, but some associations were intriguing:..

Thursday, 09 August 2018 16:39

TWiM 182 Letters

Brian writes:

Dear Vincent and the rest of the TWiX crew,

Thank you so much for the TWiX podcasts. Although I'm a science dilettante, you make the materials clear enough that I can understand much of the discussions...

How to test antimicrobial susceptibility in less than 30 minutes, and a carbonate-sensitive phytotransferrin in diatoms that controls iron uptake. 

Sunday, 05 August 2018 18:41

Rosebola - TWiV 505

Persistence of Ebola virus after the end of the Liberian outbreak, and the potential role of two herpesviruses in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s disease.

Monday, 23 July 2018 17:04

TWiP 155 Letters

Case guesses:

Alexander writes:

Hi all,

I’ve been working slowly through the youtube playlist you made, I was originally taught that the best way to learn it was to write it all down in a book. I’m really happy that it includes spelling, as while I was learning most of my phytoplankton taxonomy I had to guess how the names were spelled after hearing them quickly, but now I feel that I at least understand enough of it to be able to stumble my way through pronunciation and get it mostly right...

Monday, 23 July 2018 16:56

Miss Dickson - TWiP 155

The case of the Gentleman with B cell Lymphoma, and the finding of Dracunculus species in river otters from Arkansas.

Sunday, 29 July 2018 16:53

TWiV 504 Letters

Tom writes:


Regarding a frequent TWiX discussion topic, here’s further discussion, and some history, regarding research publication...

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