• Paul Rothlauf in lab
  • Harvard Commencement
  • Gordon Hall at Harvard Medical School
  • The New Research Building
  • Attendees of the 2019 Harvard Virology Program retreat gather on the lawn of the Provincetown Inn in Provincetown MA
david knipe

Welcome from the Virology Program Head

It is an exciting time to study virology!  In the last decade, we've seen new viruses—SARS, H1N1 influenza, and Nipah viruses among them—emerging around the world; Ebola Chikungunya, and West Nile viruses have re-emerged; and the AIDS epidemic continues to sweep across sub-Saharan Africa and parts of Asia.  New vaccines for HIV, smallpox, avian influenza and genital herpes are sorely needed.  New antivirals for Dengue, hepatitis C and HIV viruses are also desperately needed.  The role of such viruses as Merkel cell polyoma, papilloma, Kaposi’s sarcoma and Epstein-Barr virus in human cancer highlight challenges to prevent and treat these diseases. READ MORE

Virology Spotlight