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Sunday, 01 July 2018 20:12

Keep virology weird - TWiV 500

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The entire TWiV team visits The University of Texas in Austin to record episode #500 with guests Jinny Suh, Jason McLellan, and Jon Huibregtse.

Jinny is the founder of Immunize Texas and she discusses her efforts to improve vaccine uptake in the state.

Jason talks about his work using cryo-electron microscopy to understand how viruses enter cells at a molecular level and structure-based vaccine design.

Jon is known for discovering that human papillomaviruses cause cancer by causing ubiquitination and degradation of a tumor suppressor protein. He discusses UBAIT, a method for finding cell proteins modified by ubuiquitination, and work on ISG15, an interferon induced protein that causes degradation of viral proteins, and which also binds to cell surface receptors leading to increased cytokine synthesis.

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson DespommierAlan Dove, Rich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

Guests: Jinny Suh, Jason McLellan, and Jon Huibregtse

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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.