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Dr. Vincent Racaniello – New Community Editor

PLoS Pathogens is pleased to announce a new partnership with Dr. Vincent Racaniello, co-creator of the weekly podcast “This Week in Virology” ( Dr. Racaniello, a virologist and Professor in the Department of Microbiology & Immunology at Columbia University, is the newest member of the journal’s Community Editor Section.

Listen to the November 15 podcast “Nipah virus in ferrets”, which discusses the recent PLoS Pathogens article “A Neutralizing Human Monoclonal Antibody Protects against Lethal Disease in a New Ferret Model of Acute Nipah Virus Infection.” Previous TWiV episodes covering PLoS Pathogens articles include: “XMRV”, “No Hysteria”, and “Much achoo about nothing”.

Watch for future blog posts, announcing new TWiV episodes that feature published articles and community members relative to PLoS Pathogens.

About the Community Editors

PLoS Pathogens Community Editors foster scholarly dialogue within the community of host-pathogen researchers. These editors aim to engage readers, authors, editors, and colleagues in discussions around published works in the journal, Open Access, hot topics in the media, experts in the field, and more.

About TWiV

Begun in September 2008, This Week in Virology (TWiV) is a podcast about viruses, hosted by Columbia University Medical Center professors Vincent Racaniello and Dick Despommier. The weekly podcast covers recently-published works from various journals, media hype, researcher profiles, and more – all in an informal yet informative conversation aimed at being accessible to everyone, regardless of science background.

About Dr. Racaniello

Vincent Racaniello, Ph.D. is Professor of Microbiology at Columbia University Medical Center. He has been studying viruses for over 30 years, starting in 1975, when he entered the Ph.D. program in Biomedical Sciences at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine of the City University of New York. His thesis research, in the laboratory of Dr. Peter Palese, was focused on influenza viruses. Over the years, his own laboratory has studied a variety of viruses including poliovirus, echovirus, enterovirus 70, rhinovirus, and hepatitis C virus. 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 and undergraduate students, as well as medical, dental, and nursing students. For more information on both Dr. Racaniello and TWiV, please see here.

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