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GVN Center and Member Spotlights

GVN Center and Member Spotlights is a series featuring expert virologists from GVN Centers of Excellence and their work on emerging infectious diseases. Each article consists of a selected GVN member’s professional summary, research questions highlighting their contributions, and an organizational overview.

Janko Nikolich


Janko Nikolich, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Arizona - Aegis Consortium
Health Science Innovation Building
Tucson, Arizona

David Markovitz


Dr. David Markovitz
University of Michigan – Division of Infectious Diseases

Tonya Colpitts


Tonya Colpitts, PhD
Director, Virology Infectious Disease Research, Moderna
Faculty, National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories (NEIDL), Boston University

Syed Sattar


Syed Sattar, PhD
Faculty of Medicine: Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology (BMI)
University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada
Professor Emeritus of Microbiology, Co-Founder and CSO CREM Co
Vice-Chair, GVN’s Task Force on Public Health and Hygiene

Piya Paul Mudgal


Dr. Piya Paul Mudgal
Associate Professor, Manipal Institute of Virology
Manipal Academy of Higher Education
Karnataka, India

A.J. te Velthuis


Dr. A.J. te Velthuis
Assistant Professor of Molecular Biology
Princeton, Department of Molecular Biology

Rubaiyea Farrukee


Dr. Rubaiyea Farrukee
Research Officer, Department of Microbiology and Immunology
University of Melbourne, Doherty Institute

Birendra Gupta


Dr. Birendra Gupta
Research Scientist
Tribhuvan University, Nepal

William M. De Souza


Dr. William M. de Souza
University Texas Medical Branch-UTMB, Galveston National Laboratory
Microbiology and Immunology

Adeola Fowotade


Dr. Adeola Fowotade
Senior Lecturer/Consultant Virologist
Coordinator, Biorepository Clinical Virology Laboratory
College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Nigeria

Kizzmekia Corbett


Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett
Assistant Professor of Immunology and Infectious Diseases
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Immunology and Infectious Diseases

Jana Broadhurst

Jana Broadhurst - Cropped

Dr. Jana Broadhurst
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology and Microbiology Director, Nebraska Biocontainment Unit Clinical Laboratory Director, Emerging Pathogens Laboratory

Anthony Amoroso

Anthony Amoroso

Dr. Anthony Amoroso
Associate Director, Division of Clinical Care & Research
Associate Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine
Institute of Human Virology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine
Baltimore, USA

Akhil Banerjea

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Dr. Akhil Banerjea
Emeritus Scientist
Institute of Advanced Virology, GVN Affiliate
Trivandrum, Kerala, India

Christine Benn


Dr. Christine Benn
University of Southern Denmark
Studiestræde 6, 1455 Copenhagen, Denmark

Christine Carrington

Christine Carrington

Dr. Christine Carrington
Professor, Molecular Genetics and Virology
The University of the West Indies
St. Augustine Campus, Trinidad and Tobago
Director, GVN Center of Excellence

Arnaldo Caruso

Arnaldo Caruso

Dr. Arnaldo Caruso
Full Professor of Microbiology and Clinical Microbiology at the University of Brescia Medical School (Italy)
Head of the Department of Diagnostic Laboratories at the “Spedali Civili” of Brescia (Italy)
President of the Italian Society for Virology (SIV-ISV)
Director of the Laboratory of Microbiology and Virology at the “Spedali Civili” of Brescia (Italy)

Mike Catton

mike catton

Dr. Mike Catton
Director of the Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory
The Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, Australia

Roman Chicz

Roman Chicz

Dr. Roman Chicz
Global Project Head
Recombinant COVID Vaccine Project

Konstantin Chumakov


Dr. Konstantin Chumakov
U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) / Office of Vaccines Research and Review (OVRR), Maryland, USA

Peter Doherty

Peter Doherty

Dr. Peter Doherty
The Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity
Member researcher, GVN Center of Excellence
Melbourne, Australia

Matthew Frieman

Matthew Frieman

Dr. Matthew Frieman
Associate Professor, The Department of Microbiology and Immunology; Associate Member of The Center for Vaccine Development and Global Health
University of Maryland School of Medicine, USA

Adolfo GarcĂ­a-Sastre

Adolfo Garcia-Sastre

Dr. Adolfo GarcĂ­a-Sastre
Professor, Department of Microbiology
Director of the Global Health and Emerging Pathogens Institute
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, USA

Elodie Ghedin

Elodie Ghedin

Dr. Elodie Ghedin
Chief, Systems Genomics Section, Laboratory of Parasitic Diseases
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health

Donald Ingber


Dr. Donald Ingber
Founding Director, Wyss Institute at Harvard University
Professor, Harvard Medical School & Boston Children’s Hospital
Professor at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Pontiano Kaleebu

pontiano kaleebu

Dr. Pontiano Kaleebu
Director of the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) and Director of MRC/UVRI and LSHTM Uganda Research Unit

Alexander Khromykh

Alexander Khromykh

Dr. Alexander Khromykh
Associate Professor, Deputy Director (Virology), Australian Infectious Diseases Research Centre,
School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences
University of Queensland
Brisbane, QLD, Australia

Marion Koopmans


Dr. Marion Koopmans
Head of Erasmus University Medical Center Rotterdam
Department of Viroscience, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Florian Krammer

florian krammer

Dr. Florian Krammer
Mount Sinai Professor in Vaccinology
Department of Microbiology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York

DRS. Yang Liu and Pan Zheng


Dr. Yang Liu
Global Virus Network Board Member
Chief Executive Officer and Chief Scientific Officer, OncoImmune

Dr. Pan Zheng
Global Virus Network Board Member
Founder, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, OncoImmune

Sharon Lewin

Dr. Sharon Lewin
The Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity
Melbourne, Australia

NatĂ lia MajĂł

Natalia Majo

Dr. NatĂ lia MajĂł
Research Center on Animal Health (Centre de Recerca en Sanitat Animal-CReSA)
Institute of Agrifood Research and Technology (Institut de Recerca i Tecnologia Agrolimentaria (IRTA)
Barcelona, Spain

Gene Morse


Dr. Gene Morse
University at Buffalo HIV and HCV Clinical Pharmacology Laboratory
Center for Integrated Global Biomedical Sciences
University at Buffalo, State University of New York

Mihai Netea

Mihai Netea

Dr. Mihai Netea
Head, Division of Experimental Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine at the Radboud University Medical Center.
Director, GVN Center of Excellence

Ab Osterhaus

Ab Osterhaus

Dr. Ab Osterhaus
Scientific Director
The Research Center for Emerging Infections and  Zoonoses (RIZ)
University of Veterinary Medicine in Hanover

David Ostrov

David Ostrov

Dr. David Ostrov
Associate Professor
University of Florida, Department of Pathology, Immunology and Laboratory Medicine
University of Florida College of Medicine
Florida, United States

Damian Purcell

Damian Purcell

Dr. Damian Purcell
Head of the Molecular Virology Laboratory in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Melbourne
The Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, Australia

Osbourne Quaye

Osbourne Quaye

Dr. Osbourne Quaye
Head of the Virology Laboratory and Lead of Monitoring and Evaluation
West African Centre for Cell Biology of Infectious Pathogens (WACCBIP), University of Ghana
Associate Professor and Head of Department
Department of Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology, University of Ghana

Carlos del Rio

Carlos del Rio weekly brief pic

Dr. Carlos del Rio
Emory University School of Medicine,
Professor of Global Health and Epidemiology
Rollins School of Public Health of Emory University, USA

Pardis Sabeti

pardis sabeti

Dr. Pardis Sabeti
Professor, Harvard University School of Public Health
Institute Member, Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Mohammad Sajadi

Mohammad Sajadi

Dr. Mohammad Sajadi
Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Clinical Care and Research,
Institute of Human Virology, University of Maryland, School of Medicine, USA

Richard Scheuermann

Dr. Richard Scheuermann
Director, La Jolla Campus
Craig Venter Institute

Raymond Schinazi

Ray Schinazi

Dr. Raymond Schinazi
Frances Winship Walters Professor of Pediatrics
Director of the Laboratory of Biochemical Pharmacology
Co-Director of the HIV Cure Scientific Working Group within the NIH-sponsored Emory University Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) in Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Zhengli Shi

zhengli shi

Dr. Zhengli Shi
Director, Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases of the Wuhan Institute of Virology, China
Director, GVN Center of Excellence

Robert Silverman

Robert Silverman

Dr. Robert Silverman
Center for Innate Immunity Research (CIIR) at Lerner Research Institute at Cleveland Clinic, Ohio, USA

Rohit Talwani

Rohit Tawlani

Dr. Rohit Talwani

Associate Professor of Medicine, Institute of Human Virology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, GVN Center of Excellence
Chief, Section of Infectious Diseases, VA Maryland Healthcare System
Service Chief for General Infectious Diseases Consult Team at UMMC, USA

David Topham

David topham spotlight page pic

Dr. David Topham
Department of Microbiology and Immunology
University of Rochester Medical Center, URMC
Rochester, USA

Linfa Wang

Dr. Linfa Wang
Director, GVN Center of Excellence
GVN SARS-CoV-2 Task Force Member
Director of the Program in Emerging Infectious Diseases
Professor, Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore

Paul Young

Dr. Paul Young
Head of School
School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences
Affiliated Professor, Institute for Molecular Bioscience
University of Queensland (UQ)