Dr. Sarah Blutt discusses how training and working at Baylor has impacted her life and career in a feature story in Growing Up Baylor.

Dr. Buck Samuel was awarded a Community Science Program microbial genomes grant from the Joint Genome Institute for genomic analyses of the natural microbiome of Caenorhabditis elegans.

Dr. Mary Estes is a 2017 DeBakey Excellence in Research Award recipient.

Dr. Janet Butel honored with the Distinguished Alumnus Award – Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

Drs. Anthony Maresso and Frank Ramig have reported that bacteriophages can effectively combat antibiotic-resistant bacterial "superbugs".

A symposium in honor of Dr. Janet Butel's contributions as a researcher and a mentor was held on a day declared Dr. Janet Butel Day by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner.

A study by Drs. Mary Estes, Sarah E. Blutt, Sue E. Crawford, Margaret E. Conner, and others showed that human rotavirus manipulates the immune response to maintain infection.

Dr. Rebecca Rico-Hesse participated in a study that found that Zika virus replicates in placental trophoblasts.

Dr. Mary Estes was mentioned in a Wall Street Journal article on norovirus.

Dr. Andrew Rice was a presenter at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory meeting on "HIV/AIDS Research: Its History and Future".

Dr. Mary Estes and colleagues have, for the first time, succeeded at growing noroviruses in laboratory cultures of human intestinal epithelial cells.

Dr. Peter Hotez discusses concerns regarding Zika virus in an Op-Ed article in the New York Times and other media outlets.

Dr. Lynn Zechiedrich and colleagues report a detailed three-dimensional structure of biologically active DNA .

Dr. Pedro Piedra was interviewed by KPRC Channel 2 about flu vaccine development.

Dr. Paul Ling's work on elephant herpesvirus featured in a front page article in The Houston Chronicle.

Dr. Qizhi Cathy Yao is  the first recipient of the Barry Stephen Smith Memorial Pancreatic Cancer Award through the NCI-designated Dan L. Duncan Cancer Center for her pilot project “A Personalized Pre-Clinical Study of a Novel Pancreatic Cancer Immunotherapy.” 

Dr. Mary Estes and colleagues awarded an NIH grant to engineer physiologically active "mini-guts" to aid in the study of rotavirus and other enteric pathogens.

Dr. Janet Butel honored at the Texas Medical Center Women’s History Project reception.

Dr. Pedro Piedra was quoted in an Associated Press story about developing a better vaccine for next flu season.

Dr. Mary Estes was one of three women honored at the 2015 Women in Science with Excellence luncheon.

Dr. Mary Estes shares her passion for solving microbiology mysteries.

Dr. Pedro Piedra recommends flu vaccine.

Dr. Mary Estes and collaborators report on a bacterial protein that activates the innate immune system against rotavirus.

Dr. Peter Hotez interviewed by media outlets about putting Ebola's risks into perspective.

Finding a way to grow norovirus in the laboratory.

Dr. Janet Butel among women honored at The Health Museum's Hearts of Gold Gala.

Dr. Mary Estes and colleagues report a reverse genetics system that could ease norovirus research.

Dr. Joseph M. Hyser has received the Elsevier Pilot Research Award from the American Gastroenterological Association Research Foundation.

Dr. Blaine Hollinger interviewed by the Houston Chronicle about hepatitis C eradication.

Dr. Tony Piedra discusses current flu vaccine on a local television program.

Dr. Paul Ling and the Houston Zoo awarded a large grant to combat elephant herpes virus.

Multimillion dollar contract provides funding to continue vaccine research.

Dr. Janet Butel was honored at the 2013 BioHouston Luncheon celebrating Women in Science.

MVM researchers investigate bird flu vaccine 

Dr. Paul Ling discusses elephant herpes virus in a radio interview.

Dr. Lynn Zechiedrich finds an old drug fights resistant bacteria

Dr. Robert Atmar interviewed by ABC News about the new SARS-like virus

Dr. Pedro Piedra interviewed by "SciGuy" of the Houston Chronicle regarding the new avian influenza strain H7N9

Hollinger recognized for work on U.S. committee

First major papers arising from the Human Microbiome Project are published

Life and work in a research lab, Chronicle article challenges misconceptions

A study by Drs. Prasad and Estes shows that blood type A may predispose to some rotavirus infections

Chisa Echendu, former Ling lab graduate student, overcomes adversity to celebrate match day

Alkek Center for Metagenomics and Microbiome Research awards pilot project grants

Dr. Mary Estes is leading the editorial board of a new publication, Current Opinion in Virology

Avian flu virus protein turns off cell defense

Alumni in the News

José Esparza, M.D., Ph.D.

José Esparza, M.D., Ph.D. (320x240)
credit: BMGFJosé Esparza, M.D., Ph.D.

2013 Baylor College of Medicine Graduate School Distinguished Alumnus Award

M.D., 1968, University of Zulia, Maracaibo, Venezuela
Ph.D., 1974, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Department of Molecular Virology & Microbiology
Mentor: Dr. Priscilla A. Schaffer (deceased)

After receiving his doctorate degree from Baylor, Dr. Esparza returned to Venezuela, where he eventually became chief of the Laboratory of Biology of Viruses and chair of the Center of Microbiology and Cell Biology at the Venezuelan Institute of Scientific Research in Caracas. In 1986 he joined the World Health Organization in Geneva. He served as leader of the biomedical research unit of the Global Program on AIDS (GPA), later becoming chief of the WHO/GPA Vaccine Development Unit. In 1996 he transitioned to the United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS as coordinator of its HIV Vaccine Initiative. Since 2004, he has been with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle, first as senior advisor on HIV vaccines and currently as senior advisor on vaccines.

Read more about José Esparza.

Donald L. Jarvis, Ph.D.

Don Jarvis
2013 George Duke Humphrey Distinguished Faculty Award, University of Wyoming

2013 George Duke Humphrey Distinguished Faculty Award, University of Wyoming

Ph.D., 1986, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Department of Molecular Virology & Microbiology
Mentor: Dr. Janet S. Butel

Dr. Jarvis was awarded the University of Wyoming’s highest faculty honor. He joined the faculty as an associate professor in 1998 and became a professor in 2000. He is internationally renowned for his work on using genetically engineered insect cells for manufacturing vaccines, diagnostics, and therapeutics for use in human and veterinary medicine

Jarvis Receives UW’s Top Faculty Award

Howard R. Soule, Ph.D.

Howard Soule
2013 Partners in Progress Award for Advancing Prostate Cancer Care at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology

2013 Partners in Progress Award for Advancing Prostate Cancer Care 
at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology

Ph.D., 1980, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Department of Molecular Virology & Microbiology
Mentor: Dr. Janet S. Butel

Dr. Soule was honored for his tremendous influence in increasing global funding and research resulting in better treatments for patients with advanced prostate cancer. Dr. Soule is executive vice president and chief science officer of the Prostate Cancer Foundation, a senior fellow of the Milken Institute, and a member of the Department of Defense Prostate Cancer Research Program Integration Panel.

Dr. Howard Soule Honored with 2013 Partners in Progress Award for Advancing Prostate Cancer Care