Virology

The study of Viruses

Virology is the study of Viruses

It studies their structure, classification and evolution, their ways to infect host, the diseases they cause, and their use in research and therapy.

Jonas Salk

Personal Bio -

Born in New York on October 28, 1914. He grew up poor in New York City, education was very important to his family so they encouraged him to apply himself to his studies. He attended the City College of New York where he earned his bachelor’s degree in science. He then earned a fellowship to the University of Michigan where he studied flu viruses with Dr. Thomas Francis Jr.


Scientific Bio -


In 1947 he took a position at University of Pittsburgh researching polio. By 1951 he discovered three different types of polio and was able to develop a killed virus vaccine for the disease. He impacted over 57,000 case of polio.

Edward Jenner

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Dr Edward Jenner was born in 1749 in Berkeley, Gloucestershire. Edward Jenner attended schools in Wotton-under-Edge and Cirencester. At the age of 14 Jenner was apprenticed for seven years to Mr Daniel Ludlow, a surgeon of Chipping Sodbury. Here Jenner gained most of the experience needed to become a country doctor.


Scientific Bio -

In 1801 he issued a pamphlet and ended that smallpox species. It took over 180 years to fulfil his prediction and after an anxious period of watching for new cases, in 1980 the WHO formally declared "Smallpox is Dead!" The most feared disease of all time had been eradicated

Robert Gallo

Personal Bio -

Gallo was born in Waterbury, Connecticut, on March 23, 1937, to Francis Anton and Louise Mary Gallo. He grew up in the house that his Italian grandparents bought after they came to the United States. Gallo attended Providence College, where he majored in biology, graduating with a bachelor's degree in 1959. He continued his schooling at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, where he got an introduction to medical research.


Scientific Bio -

He pioneered the development of the HIV blood test which screened the AIDs virus for the first time, leading to more rapid diagnosis while protecting patients receiving blood transfusions. His research also helped therapies for people with the infections virus. In 1996, his discovery that a natural compound known as chemokines can block HIV and halt the progression of Aids and was named by Science magazine as that year’s most important breakthrough.