Maxine Linial, Ph.D.

Maxine Linial Ph.D.
faculty member

Maxine Linial, Ph.D.

Consulting Member
Basic Sciences Division, Fred Hutch

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Dr. Maxine Linial is a leader in the study of foamy viruses, a type of virus that infects cats, cows, horses and primates, including monkeys and, more recently, humans. She leads several projects designed to learn more about how foamy viruses replicate, change their genetic structure and jump from monkeys to humans. Foamy viruses are not known to cause disease. But they are important to study partly because of the story of HIV, which originated from a family of viruses that don’t cause disease in their natural hosts. Dr. Linial hopes to lay a foundation of knowledge for foamy viruses before they cause problems in people — rather than trying to play catchup as scientists needed to do when HIV arrived unexpectedly.

Other Appointments & Affiliations

Research Professor, Microbiology
University of Washington School of Medicine

Research Professor, Global Health
University of Washington School of Public Health and Community Medicine


B.S., Bacteriology, Cornell University

Ph.D., Molecular Biology, Tufts University


”My science has always been driven by a passion for discoveries that could bring an enormous benefit to people. That still drives me today.”

 —Dr. Maxine Linial

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