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Molecular Virology and Microbiology

Department News

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

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 to serve as a member of Governor Perry's Texas Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response

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 local television program

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

Multimillion dollar contract provides funding to continue vaccine research

Dr. Janet Butel to be honored at BioHouston Luncheon celebrating Women in Science

MVM researchers investigate bird flu vaccine 

Dr. Paul Ling discusses elephant herpes virus in 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

Dr. Ervin Adam receives highest scientific award in Czech Republic for life of service

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

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

Study demonstrates feasibility of a vaccine to protect against norovirus infection and illness

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

MVM scientists contribute to Human Microbiome project

Center for AIDS Research directed by Dr. Janet Butel receives five year renewal

Avian flu virus protein turns off cell defense

Dr. Paul Ling and colleagues develop PCR test to identify elephant herpes virus

Dr. Mary Estes selected recipient of 2010 AGA Distinguished Achievement Award

Alumni in the News

José Esparza, M.D., Ph.D.

José Esparza, M.D., Ph.D.
credit: BMGF

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.

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.

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