SEATTLE – Jan. 8, 2013 – Michael Emerman, Ph.D., a Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center virologist who studies the replication of HIV, has been named editor-in-chief of Virology, one of the oldest journals that specializes in viruses, published by Elsevier. Emerman is the fourth editor-in-chief in the history of the publication, which was founded in 1954. He has long served on the journal’s editorial board.
“Viruses affect all life on Earth, from human health to the ecology of the ocean to the viability of our food supply,” said Emerman, a member of the Human Biology and Basic Sciences divisions at Fred Hutch. “I see being editor-in-chief of Virology as a chance to improve the journal, to take it in new directions and make it the journal of choice for the community of virologists.”
Emerman’s Fred Hutch lab made key discoveries in how HIV infects cells, including the ability of HIV to infect cells that are not actively dividing, transmit rapidly between cells and encode genes that counter host defenses.
Along with collaborator Harmit Malik, Ph.D., a member of the Fred Hutch Human Biology Division, Emerman studies how humans and other primates have evolved to resist ancient viruses and how viruses have evolved to re-adapt to their hosts. This field, called paleovirology, was established by Emerman and Malik as a means to explain how ancient and extinct viruses have had consequences for modern humans.
Emerman, who has been on the Fred Hutch faculty since 1989, is also an affiliate professor in the departments of Microbiology and Global Health at the University of Washington and is director of the Graduate Program in Molecular and Cellular Biology, a joint program of Fred Hutch and UW.
He received his Ph.D., from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he worked in the lab of the late Howard Temin, Ph.D., who shared a Nobel Prize for the discovery of reverse transcriptase, the key protein that allows viruses such as HIV to multiply their genomes. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the Pasteur Institute in Paris, where he worked in the lab of Luc Montaganier, Ph.D., who shared the Nobel Prize for the discovery of the virus that causes AIDS.
Editor’s note: A photo of Emerman is available upon request.
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