Vilcek Lab - Microbiology


Jan T. Vilcek, MD, PhD
Professor, Department of Microbiology
Joan and Joel Smilow Research Center, 10th floor, Rm 1001
522 First Avenue, New York, NY 10016
Office (212) 263-6756
Fax: (212) 263-9180
Lab: Medical Science Building, Rm 223





Innate immunity, Cytokines


Graduate Education:

Institute of Virology, Bratislava, Slovakia

Medical Education:

Comenius University Medical School, Bratislava, Slovakia

Academic Appointments:

1973-present Professor, Department of Microbiology, NYU School of Medicine

Major Responsibilities:

Teaching host defense module for medical students
Microbiology Promotions & Tenure Committee (Chair)
Member of NYU Langone Medical Center Board of Trustees
Committee on Conflict of Interest
Grievance Committee

Major Honors:

Outstanding Investigator Grant, National Cancer Institute, 1991-1999
Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1997
Distinguished Alumnus Award and Medal, Comenius University, Bratislava, 2001
Biotechnology Achievement Award, NYU School of Medicine, 2002
Albert Gallatin Medal, New York University, 2005
Honorary Alumnus, NYU School of Medicine, 2006
J. E. Purkynie Honorary Medal, Czech Academy of Sciences, 2008
Garnet Immunoglobulin Award, Czech Immunology Society, 2008
Biotechnology Hall of Fame, Scientific Achievement Category, 2010
Outstanding American by Choice Award, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, 2012
National Medal of Technology and Innovation, Awarded by President Obama, 2013
Edward H. Ahrens, Jr. Award for Patient Oriented Research, 2013
Honorary Membership, Learned Society of the Czech Republic, 2013
Doctor honoris causa, Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia, 2014
Award for Excellence in Philanthropy, Hope Funds for Cancer Research, 2014
Gold Medal, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic, 2014
Doctor of Humane Letters honoris causa, CUNY Graduate Center, 2014

VIDEO: Made for New York: Meet Jan Vilcek


The long road to renown: the 2015 Vilcek Foundation Prizes.
Nair P, Vilcek J.
FASEB J. 2015 Mar;29(3):733-9. doi: 10.1096/fj.15-0301ufm.
PMID: 25733691

Foreign minds, fenceless imagination.
Nair, P., and Vilcek, J.,
FASEB J. 27, 845-852, 2013
PMID: 23450005

Journey to the Summits of Science.
Nair, P., and Vilcek, J.,
FASEB J. 28, 1035-1040, 2014
PMID: 24578136

Gems from distant shores.
Nair, P., and Vilcek, J.
The FASEB J. 26, 1361-1366, 2012
PMID: 22467904

From IFN to TNF - a journey into realms of lore.
Vilcek, J.
Nature Immunol. 10, 555-557, 2009
PMID: 19448652

IRF1: a deus ex machina in TH1 differentiation.
Unutmaz, D., and Vilcek, J.
Nature Immunol. 9, 9-10, 2008
PMID: 18087248

First demonstration of the role of tumor necrosis factor in the pathogenesis of disease.
Vilcek, J.
J. Immunol. 181, 5-6, 2008

Interferon research BC (before cloning).
Vilcek, J.
Current Topics Microbiol. Immunol. Vol. 316, P. M. Pitha (ed.), pp. 9-22, 2007
PMID: 17969441

My fifty years with interferon.
Vilcek, J.
J Interferon Cytokine Res. 27, 535-541, 2007
PMID: 17651014

Cytokines: Wherefrom and Whereto. In: Cytokines and the CNS, Second Edition.
Vilcek, J.
R.M. Ransohoff and E.N. Benveniste (eds.), pp. 23-37. Taylor & Francis, Boca Raton, 2006

A prize for the foreign-born.
Vilcek, J., and Cronstein, B.N.
The FASEB J. 20,1281—1283, 2006
PMID: 16816100

Fifty years of interferon research: Aiming at a moving target.
Vilcek, J.
Immunity 25, 343-348, 2006

TSG-6 protein binding to glycosaminoglycans: Formation of stable complexes with hyaluronan and binding to chondroitin sulfates.
Wisniewski, H.-G., Snitkin, E. S., Mindrescu, C., Sweet, M., and Vilcek, J.
J. Biol. Chem. 280, 14476-14484, 2005
PMID: 15699048

Up-regulation of cyclooxygenase-2 expression by TSG-6 protein in macrophage cell line.
Mindrescu, C., Le. J., Wisniewski, H.-G., and Vilcek, J.
Biochem. Biophys. Res. Comm. 330, 737-745, 2005
PMID: 15809059


The Vilcek Foundation