Professor and Coronavirus Expert: Dr. Gary Whittaker Shares His Expertise

Dr Gary WhittakerGary Whittaker studied Biochemistry and completed a PhD in Microbiology at the University of Leeds (UK) before moving to the US to do post-doctoral studies in cell biology at Yale University Medical School. Gary came to Cornell in 1996, where he has established a research program in virology, focusing on influenza and coronaviruses, including SARS, MERS and feline coronavirus. His research focuses on virus entry and how genomic mutations in circulating viruses lead to the emergence of viruses with altered tropism. Research in the Whittaker lab also aims to develop novel vaccines, therapeutics and diagnostics tests.

As an expert in coronaviruses, Gary has been asked to provide insight into the COVID-19 pandemic from a number of sources. A selection of articles he’s been quoted in can be found below:

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