In this short video,Â I show you how to make different types of virus particles using the small magnetic spheres called Buckyballs.
Thirty-five years later
Thirty-five years ago this month, in September 1982, I arrived at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons to open my virology laboratory. I brought with me an infectious DNA copy of the poliovirus RNA genome, the first of its kind, and a lot of enthusiasm. Over the years we used this infectious DNA to study poliovirus neurovirulence, pathogenesis, and translation, among other topics; I wrote grant applications, published papers, and trained new scientists. In short, I was a typical academic scientist.
My career forked in 2000 with the publication by the American Society for Microbiology of the textbook Principles of Virology. Because this book was written by process, not by virus, each of the authors learned far more virology than ever before. As a consequence of writing this book, I became interested in disseminating virology to the public. Beginning with virology blog in 2004, I began to use social media to communicate science. This interest has lead to a collection of blogs, podcasts, lectures, and videos, in addition to four editions of Principles of Virology.
Recently virologist Islam Hussein, founder of Virolvlog and an avid science communicator, decided to summarize my modest scicomm career with an infographic. I’m grateful to Islam for this lovely chart, which was produced byÂ Mohamed Gaawan. Here’s to the next 35 years.
A conversation with Islam Hussein of Virolvlog
FromÂ ASM Microbe 2017 in New Orleans, I speakÂ with Islam Hussein about his science career, how he became interested in science communication, and his video blog in Arabic, Virolvlog.
Twenty-five lectures in virology for 2017
Every year I teach a virology course to undergraduates and masters students at Columbia University. I record video and audio of each of the twenty-five lectures and release them on YouTube – so that not only the students but the rest of the world can learn about the amazing field of virology.
With the spring semester behind us, this year’s lecture series is complete (link to the entire playlist at YouTube). The first 11 lectures cover the fundamentals of virus replication, including virus entry into cells, genome replication, protein synthesis, and assembly. In the remaining 14 lectures we focus on how viruses cause disease, how to prevent or resolve infections, and viral evolution and emergence.
All the lecture slides are also available as pdf files, as well as study questions for each lecture. You can find them at virology.ws/course.
I planÂ to use these videos to revise my CourseraÂ virology courseÂ -Â which is no longer online – by the end of the summer.
Interview with Harmit Malik
Vincent Racaniello interviews Harmit Malik, PhD, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Harmit and his laboratory are interested in a variety of problems that are characterized byÂ evolutionary conflict.
This video is one of 26 video interviews with eminent virologists that are part of the supplemental material for Principles of Virology, 4th Edition, published by ASM Press. Other interviews in this series can be found at this link.
Zika virus in Nicaragua with Eva Harris
I spoke with Eva Harris of the University of California, Berkeley, on the state of Zika virus in Nicaragua.