Tar Heels go viral: UNC researchers featured on “This Week in Virology” podcast

Virologists with the UNC School of Medicine participated in last week's on-campus recording of a popular virology podcast.

Tar Heels go viral: UNC researchers featured on “This Week in Virology” podcast click to enlarge UNC School of Medicine researchers participate in a recording of "This Week in Virology." Photo by Caroline Curran.

CHAPEL HILL, NC – With a listening audience of millions people around the world, Dr. Vincent R. Racaniello, Higgins Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons, drew quite a crowd last week when he recorded two podcasts from the UNC School of Medicine.

Blossom Damania, PhD, Boshamer Distinguished Professor of Microbiology and Immunology and Vice Dean for Research at the UNC School of Medicine, invited Racaniello to Chapel Hill to record his podcast, “This Week in Virology” (TWIV). Damania appeared on "TWiV" last year, when Racaniello hosted her as a seminar speaker at Columbia University.

“Vincent is a leader in the field of science communication and has been producing virology and other science podcasts for many years,” Damania said. “It was a real honor to have Vincent visit UNC Chapel Hill and feature the amazing virologists we have at UNC on his twin 'TWiV' shows.”

Featured researchers included: Dirk Dittmer, Nat Moorman, Cary Moody, Jennifer Webster-Cyriaque, Lishan Su, Nancy Raab-Traub, Ralph Baric, Mark Heise, Kristina DeParis, Helen Lazear, Tal Kafri, and David Margolis.

The two-part podcast is available here.

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