Vincent Racaniello, Ph.D., co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer at BioCrowd has been studying viruses since 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 focussed on influenza viruses. In 1979 he joined the laboratory of Dr. David Baltimore at Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a postdoctoral fellow. There he used recombinant DNA technology to produce the first infectious DNA copy of an animal RNA virus, an accomplishment that revolutionized modern virology. In 1982 he joined the faculty in the Department of Microbiology at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons in New York City. There he established a laboratory to study viruses, and to train other scientists to become virologists. Over the years Dr. Racaniello’s group has studied a variety of viruses including poliovirus, echovirus, enterovirus 70, rhinovirus, and hepatitis C virus. To learn more about Vincent visit his Wikipedia page ( ) Racaniello believes that scientists must communicate their work to the public. To achieve this goal he has co-authored a virology textbook, Principles of Animal Virology (ASM Press), developed and taught an undergraduate virology course, distributed videocasts of his lectures online (at iTunes University), written a blog about viruses (, and produced podcasts on viruses ( This Week in Virology ), parasites (This Week in Parasitism), and bacteria (This Week in Microbiology). His goal is to be Earth’s virology Professor.