Vincent Racaniello is Higgins Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University. He received an BA degree in Biology from Cornell University in 1974, and the Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from Mt. Sinai School of Medicine of the City University of New York, where he worked on influenza viruses with Peter Palese. His postdoctoral work with Dr. David Baltimore at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology lead to the production of the first infection clone of an RNA virus. In 1982 he joined the Columbia University faculty where he began work on the mechanisms of poliovirus replication and pathogenesis. His group identified the cell receptor for poliovirus, and established a transgenic mouse model for poliomyelitis. Dr. Racaniello is the recipient of an Irma T. Hirschl Career Scientist Award, the Searle Scholars Award, and the Eli Lilly Award of the American Society for Microbiology in 1992. He was a Harvey Society Lecturer, University Lecturer at Columbia University, the First Lamb Professor at Vanderbilt University, the Hilleman Lecture at the University of Chicago, and the Julius Youngner Lecturer at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Racaniello has served as an editor for the Journal of Virology, the Journal of Clinical Investigation, and PLoS Pathogens. In 2015 he was President of the American Society for Virology. Following on his belief that scientists must communicate their work to the public, he has co-authored a virology textbook, Principles of Virology, (ASM Press), taught virology, distributed videocasts of his lectures online, written a blog about viruses, and produced podcasts on viruses, parasites, bacteria, evolution, and immunology. His goal is to be Earth’s Virology Professor.