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.

Sunday, 07 October 2018 14:31

TWiV 514 Letters

John writes:

I really enjoyed your (second) conversation with Anne Simon on TWiV 512.

Regarding public perception of transgenic crops, it is worth noting that Bayer acquired Monsanto this year. Low commodity prices have been driving consolidation in the industry (see also ChemChina-Syngenta and DuPont-Dow). It should be interesting to see if the disappearance of the name “Monsanto” affects perception at all...

Wednesday, 10 October 2018 14:28

TWiP 160 Letters

Jim writes:

Thanks to you all for this interesting case study with its guesses. I enjoyed the complicated story in this highly functioning person.  

It was interesting to me that a lot of the psychiatric comments  seemed to come out of psychiatric theory that was prevalent in the 1970s...

Friday, 28 September 2018 14:25

TWiP 159 Letters

Adil writes:

Dear Doctors,

Firstly thank you for your TWIP smart banter and utterly engaging podcast. After multiple weeks of being right and yet reticent to take my shot I will hazard a guess. Initially I thought scabies because the itching was noted to be worse at night...

Sunday, 07 October 2018 14:08

Staying below the ADAR - TWiV 514

This years crop of Nobel Prizes, and how cells prevent leakage of mitochondrial double-stranded RNA into the cytoplasm, which would otherwise lead to the production of interferon. 

Sunday, 30 September 2018 13:59

Double-stranded in Belgium - TWiV 513

From the 13th International Symposium on dsRNA viruses in Belgium, Vincent speaks with Harry Greenberg about his career and his work on rotaviruses, noroviruses, hepatitis B virus, and influenza virus.

Wednesday, 10 October 2018 13:42

Toddy tappers - TWiP 160

The case of the Electrician from Tamil Nadu with a Liver Mass, and discussing how dogs and humans share a common Chadian Guinea worm. 

Friday, 28 September 2018 13:11

Loa and Loa but not gone - TWiP 159

The case of the 9/11 Survivor infested with parasites, and the effect of community ivermectin treatment for onchocerciasis on Loa loa infections. 

Friday, 05 October 2018 13:58

TWiM 186 Letters

Adam writes:

Hi everyone,

In twim 182 it was stated that Maldi-tof id requires an isolated colony.

This is not technically true,  there are special techniques that can id from blood culture without a colony, and databases are being developed to id multiple organisms if present..

Friday, 05 October 2018 13:48

Crypto-metamorphosis - TWiM 186

The involvement of a microbiome in snail metamorphosis, and using Listeria to kill tumors.

Sunday, 23 September 2018 15:26

Flexuous SUMO wrestlers - TWiV 512

Anne Simon joins the TWiV team to talk about plant viruses, including plum pox virus that devastates nut and stone fruit trees, and a geminivirus protein that regulates viral DNA synthesis. 

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