Peter Palese, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York

Speech at the Herrenhausen Symposium "Dual Use Research on Microbes: Biosafety, Biosecurity, Responsibility", 10.12.2014

Peter Palese is Professor of Microbiology and Chair of the Department of Microbiology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York. He talks about the impact of viral diseases on human health and points out the facts about zoonotic viral infections, e.g. avian influenza viruses. He gives statistics like the cumulative number of confirmed human cases of avian influenza A(H5N1) and tells his view on the question if the virus effectively transmits from human to human. Peter Palese’s research is in the area of RNA-containing viruses with a special emphasis on influenza viruses. Specifically, he established the first genetic maps for influenza A, B, and C viruses and his laboratory was the first to develop reverse genetics for negative strand RNA viruses. He is a Member of the National Academy of Sciences, a Member of the Institute of Medicine, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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