Vincent Racaniello

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Vincent Racaniello

Vincent Racaniello

Who is Vincent Racaniello?

Vincent Racaniello is an author and professor. Vincent Racaniello is a Higgins Professor in Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons Department of Microbiology and Immunology. Vincent is a co-author of Principles of Virology, a virology textbook. He is currently the host of the podcast This Week in Virology.

Early Life and Childhood

Vincent Racaniello was born in Paterson, New Jersey, on January 2, 1953. He has 69 years of age.

His parents raised him in Paterson, New Jersey, where he was born.

Vincent is of white ethnicity and has American citizenship. At the moment, no information about his parents or siblings is available.

Education Details

Vincent Racaniello earned a BA in biological sciences from Cornell University in 1974.

Later, in 1980, Vincent received his Ph.D. from Peter Palese’s laboratory, where he studied the genetic reassortment of influenza virus.

He used recombinant DNA technology to clone and sequence the genome of the small RNA animal virus poliovirus as a post-doctoral fellow in David Baltimore’s laboratory at MIT (1979-1982).

Vincent created the first infectious clone of an animal RNA virus using these tools. The development of the infectious clone transformed modern virology.

Vincent’s blog and podcasts, as well as specialized pages on Influenza 101 and Virology 101, aim to educate non-scientists about microbiology.

He established a library containing podcasts of lectures he recently gave at Columbia University in order to continue bringing virology to those outside the field.

Professional Career

Racaniello is currently the host of This Week in Virology.

This Week in Parasitism, co-hosted by Dickson Despommier, Michelle Swanson, Michael Schmidt, and Elio Schaechter present This Week in Microbiology.

This Week in Evolution with Nels Elde, Immune with Stephanie Langel and Cynthia Leifer, and This Week in Neuroscience also bridge the gap between science and technology.

In the fall of 1982, Vincent established his own research laboratory at Columbia University.

His lab’s goal is to better understand the replication and pathogenesis of small RNA animal viruses in Picornaviruses. A virus’s reproductive cycle begins with attachment to and entry into the cytoplasm of a cell.

Vincent Racaniello
Vincent Racaniello in one of his Youtube lectures. Source: youtubestreet

The protein that mediates this process is CD155 (poliovirus receptor, PVR), a cell surface protein identified by Vincent’s lab.

Understanding how the interaction between virus and cell alters the viral particle and how the interaction facilitates virus entry has aided in understanding how poliovirus infection is initiated.

Amy Rosenfeld received her Ph.D. in virology from Vincent’s laboratory at Columbia University.

While there, she established a genetic screen to identify the cellular proteins required for hepatitis C virus mRNA translation.

Amy returned to Vincent’s laboratory in 2014 to begin studies on enterovirus D68, building on the laboratory’s expertise in picornavirus research, in order to identify the cellular receptor for virus attachment and cell entry.

Principles of Virology, a textbook on virology, is co-authored by him.

Net Worth and Salary

Vincent Racaniello’s net worth is estimated to be $3 million.

Relationship Status

Vincent Racaniello is married to his lovely wife Doris Cully. The couple has three children together.

Vincent praised his wife on Twitter on November 13, 2017, saying he is grateful to her for raising their children while having a fantastic 40-year career in Pharma.

Body Measurements

He is a man of average height. Vincent is 5 feet 8 inches tall (Approx. 1.72 m).

Social Media

His Twitter handle is @profvrr.

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  • Vincent is an author and professor at American University.
  • He is a Higgins Professor in Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons Department of Microbiology and Immunology.
  • Racaniello is currently the host of This Week in Virology.
  • His net worth is estimated to be $3 million.
  • He is 5 feet 8 inches tall (Approx. 1.72 m).