Peter Palese, PhD Email Peter Palese
- PROFESSOR & CHAIR | Microbiology
- PROFESSOR | Medicine, Infectious Diseases
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Antivirals, Apoptosis/Cell Death, Biodefense, Coronavirus, Influenza Virus, Interferon, Interferon Antagonists, Nipah Virus, Paramyxovirus, RNA, SARS Virus, Vaccine Development, Virulence Genes, Viruses and Virology
Multi-Disciplinary Training Areas
Genetics and Genomic Sciences [GGS], Microbiology [MIC], Pharmacology and Therapeutics Discovery [PTD]
PhD, University of Vienna
Beijerinck Virology Prize
Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences
Elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Baylor College of Medicine
Sanofi–Institut Pasteur Award
Election to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences
European Virology Award (EVA)
European Society for Virology
The German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina
Robert Koch Prize
Austrian Academy of Sciences
National Academy of Sciences
The Palese Laboratory focuses on fundamental questions concerning the genetic make-up and biology of viruses, as well as virus-host interactions. They use molecular biological techniques to understand how viruses replicate and how they interact with cells to cause disease in their hosts. Emphasis is on the study of RNA viruses, including influenza, paramyxo, and corona viruses. These are four major research directions in the laboratory at the present time: (1) by genetically changing influenza viruses via recombinant DNA techniques, they are studying viral genes and gene products to develop a universal influenza virus vaccine; (2) intracellular proteins are identified that interact with viral proteins, and the biological functions of these cellular proteins are studies; (3) attempts are made to develop broad spectrum antivirals and to identify their mechanisms of actions.
The Palese Laboratory is interested in training students and postdoctoral fellows who will become independent investigators in "molecular" studies of infectious viral diseases.
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Below are financial relationships with industry reported by Dr. Palese during 2021 and/or 2022. Please note that this information may differ from information posted on corporate sites due to timing or classification differences.
- Boehringer Ingelheim Corporation
- Opentrons Lab Works
- MedImmune, LLC
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