About Us

The Training Program in Mechanisms of Virus-Host Interactions is a multi-disciplinary program comprised of faculty from two leading biomedical research institutions located in New York City. The Training Program is committed to training graduate students, medical students, and postdoctoral fellows. Thus, our missions are the study of biomedically important questions and the training of new scientists to pursue virus-host interactions.

The Training Program is a truly collaborative research enterprise comprised of faculty derived from Departments and Institutes at MSSM and NYUSM. Trainees benefit from interactions with a diverse group of scientists and participate in the research activities of the participating research institutions:

  • The Department of Microbiology at MSSM is a broad based research department whose faculty are interested in all aspects of microbial biology. Major research directions are focused in the areas of antiviral development, immunology, molecular virology, oncogenesis (viral and cellular), and vaccine development.
  • The Global Health & Emerging Pathogens Institute (GHEPI) at MSSM focuses on newly emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases that threaten world health. The Institute is comprised of clinical and basic science investigators with a common interest in creating therapeutics against emerging infectious diseases.
  • The Immunology Institute at MSSM brings together the interdisciplinary research interests of faculty focused on the biology of the immune system.
  • The Department of Medicine at MSSM focuses on revolutionizing the practice of medicine, identifying new approaches to treatments, and providing insights that are leading to a greater understanding of human diseases.
  • The Department of Structural and Chemical Biology at MSSM focuses on experimental and computational investigations of the structure and function of macromolecules in transcription, signal transduction, cell excitability and cancer.
  • The Department of Microbiology at NYUSM offers a wide variety of research opportunities with emphasis on the mechanisms of microbial pathogenesis, host defense mechanisms, molecular genetics, oncogenesis, growth factors and cytokines and regulation of gene expression.
  • The Department of Pathology at NYUSM conducts basic research in molecular genetics, oncology, immunochemistry, and cellular immunology. Trainees become proficient in the basics of both immunology and molecular oncology.
  • The Department of Biochemistry at NYUSM general research areas includes protein dynamics, DNA replication, crystallographic studies, genetic recombination, regulation of gene expression and nuclear RNA metabolism.
  • The Department of Biology at NYUSM focuses on studying the components involved in the breakdown of the blood-brain-barrier during viral infection, cytokine-triggered responses in the CNS, including signal transduction and down-stream events.

By combining the strengths of outstanding groups of virologists, we have created a world-class Training Program which is of enormous benefit to the research community in New York.

Peter Palese, M.D.