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Virology Institute Faculty & Staff

The NYU Langone Virology Institute comprises faculty and staff across multiple backgrounds and disciplines who collaborate to produce creative and innovative solutions for the most difficult problems in modern virology.

Virology Institute Core Faculty


Benjamin tenOever, PhD

Founder and Director, Virology Institute
Research interests: virology, synthetic biology, innate immune signaling, spatial transcriptomics, single cell sequencing, virus–host interactions, tool building


Ludovic P. Desvignes, PhD

Director, High-Containment Laboratories
Research interests: immunology, microbial pathogenesis, mycobacterium tuberculosis


Mark J. Mulligan, MD

Director, Vaccine Center
Research interests: infectious disease, immunology, vaccine research and development, emerging viruses, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), influenza

Virology Institute Affiliated Faculty

Simone Backes, PhD
Professor of Virology, Institute for Virology and Immunobiology
Research interests: poxvirus biology, influenza virus replication

Gonzalo Moratorio, PhD
Associate Professor of Virology, School of Science, Universidad de la República, Uruguay
Research interests: virology, evolutionary biology, experimental evolution of viruses, genetic engineering, cellular and molecular biology, translational research

Marco Vignuzzi, PhD
Principal Investigator, Viral Populations and Pathogenesis Unit
Research interests: emerging and zoonotic viral diseases, antiviral therapies, RNA virus evolution, epidemic preparedness

Virology Institute Administration

Nina Umerah
Executive Director

Maryline Panis
Program Coordinator

Judith Minkoff, PhD
Project Manager

Fatema Rahman
Administrative Assistant