Program Committee

Chairs

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Steven Specter, Ph.D., Chairman
Professor, Dept. of Molecular Med.
Associate Dean for Student Affairs
Univ. of South Florida Coll. of Med.

 

Dr. Specter received his BA in Biology (1969) and Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology (1975) from Temple University, Philadelphia, PA. He was a post-doctoral fellow at the Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia, in Experimental Immunology and then served as Director of Clinical Virology at the same institution.
 
Dr. Specter joined the faculty of the University of South Florida College of Medicine in 1979 as Assistant Professor of Medical Microbiology and Immunology. He became a Professor in 1991. Dr. Specter has served the College of Medicine as Secretary of the Faculty Council, Chairman of college committees on Space Allocation, Appointment Promotion and Tenure, and Curriculum, and was appointed Co-Director of Curriculum and Medical Education in July, 1997, then Associate Dean for Pre-Clinical Education in 1998, he was Associate Dean for Student Affairs from May, 2001-August 2014, he currently serves at Associate Dean for Alumni Relations and Advancement.
 
He established the Annual Clinical Virology Symposium in 1985 and continues to Chair this internationally renowned conference, which is now an American Society for Microbiology meeting. He has served as Chair of the Clinical Immunology Division of the American Society for Microbiology, was Editor-in-Chief of the Cumitech series for the American Society for Microbiology, was President of the Pan American Society for Clinical Virology, and is President of the Florida Branch of the American Society for Microbiology.  He is currently the Chair of the International Board of the American Society for Microbiology.
 
Dr. Specter serves on numerous journal editorial boards and professional councils. His research spanned the fields of retrovirus induced immune deficiency and effects of abused drugs on the immune system. He is the author of more than 175 original scientific publications, review articles and book chapters and has edited a dozen books. Dr. Specter's awards include 2 outstanding teaching awards (1991, 1996) and the Theodore and Vanette Askonas-Ashford Distinguished Scholar Award by the University of South Florida in 1997.

       
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Richard L. Hodinka, Ph.D.
Professor, Dept. of Pathology & Lab. Med.
Perelman Sch. of Med. at the Univ. of Pennsylvania
Director, Clin. Virology Lab.
Child. Hospital of Philadelphia


Dr. Hodinka received his B.S. in Biology from Marietta College in 1976, his M.S. in Microbiology in 1979 from the University of Montana, and his Ph.D. in Microbiology from Ohio University in 1983. He then completed a 3 year research postdoctoral fellowship (1983-86) in Microbiology (Chlamydial Pathogenesis) in the Department of Microbiology & Immunology at the University of North Carolina--Chapel Hill, followed by a 2 year clinical postdoctoral fellowship (1986-88) in Diagnostic Microbiology and Immunology at the University of North Carolina Medical Center.


Dr. Hodinka joined the faculty of the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in 1988, and is currently a Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and is the Director of the Clinical Virology Laboratory at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.


Since 1994, he has been a co-chair of the Annual Clinical Virology Symposium and Annual Molecular Virology Workshop. He has served as a Council Member and President for the Pan American Society for Clinical Virology (PASCV) and has served as a member of the Board of the American College of Microbiology, as Chairperson for the American Society for Microbiology Committee on Postdoctoral Educational Programs, and as a member of the International Scientific Advisory Committee for the Asia Pacific Congress of Medical Virology.


Dr.Hodinka is an Editor for the Journal of Clinical and Vaccine Immunology and serves on various journal editorial boards, study sections and professional committees. His clinical and research interests include pediatric viral diseases, detection and monitoring of viral infections in pediatric and adult immunocompromised hosts, rapid methods for viral diagnosis, and molecular diagnostics. He is the author of a number of original scientific publications, review articles and book chapters, and is an Editor of the Clinical Virology Manual. Dr. Hodinka's awards include election to Fellowship in the American Academy of Microbiology in 1997, the PASCV Diagnostic Virology Award received in 2007 in recognition of his contributions to the field of diagnostic virology, the PASCV Dupont Clinical Virology Young Investigator Award in 1995, as well as 2 Distinguished Teaching Awards (2000, 2001) and the Dean's Award for Excellence in Basic Science Teaching (2001) from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He also served as a National Foundation Lecturer (1994-96) for the American Society for Microbiology.

       

 

Committee Members

Gregory Storch, M.D.; Washington Univ./St. Louis Child. Hosp., St. Louis, MO

Randall Hayden, M.D.; St. Jude Child. Research Hosp. Memphis, TN

Christine Ginocchio, Ph.D.; bioMerieux, Durham, NC

Benjamin Pinsky, M.D., Ph.D.; Stanford Univ. Sch. of Med. Palo Alto, CA

Stephen Young, Ph.D., D(ABMM); TriCore Reference Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM

Marie Landry, M.D.; Yale Univ. Sch. of Med., New Haven, CT

Colleen Kraft, M.D.; Emory Univ. Hosp., Atlanta, GA

Angela Caliendo, M.D., Ph.D.; Alpert Med. Sch. of Brown Univ., Providence, RI