Chairmen & Contacts
Steven Specter, Ph.D., Chairman
Professor, Department of Molecular Medicine
Associate Dean for Student Affairs
University of South Florida College of Medicine
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 appointed Associate Dean for Student Affairs in May, 2001.
He established the Annual Clinical Virology Symposium in 1985 and continues to Chair this internationally renowned conference. 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.
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
Richard L. Hodinka, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Director, Clinical Virology Laboratory
Children's 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.
Danny L. Wiedbrauk, Ph.D., Co-Chairman
Scientific Director of Virology and Molecular Biology
Warde Medical Laboratory in Ann Arbor, MI
Dr. Wiedbrauk is currently the Scientific Director of Virology and Molecular Biology at Warde Medical Laboratory in Ann Arbor. Dr. Wiedbrauk received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Notre Dame and was a staff fellow in the Laboratory of Persistent Viral Diseases at the NIH Rocky Mountain Laboratory in Hamilton, Montana.
Dr. Wiedbrauk currently serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Molecular Diagnostics and Clinical and Diagnostic Laboratory Immunology and is a co-organizer of the Clinical Virology Symposium and the Molecular Virology Workshop, which are held annually in Clearwater Beach, Florida.
Dr. Wiedbrauk's clinical and research interests include viral diagnostics, medical informatics, and the application of nucleic acid amplification and sequencing technologies to the diagnosis of infectious diseases.
Stephen A. Young, Ph.D., Co-Chairman
Department of Pathology
Health Sciences Center, School of Medicine
University of New Mexico
1974-1980 University of New Mexico School of Medicine, Albuquerque, NM (Ph.D.) In Medical Sciences
1972-1974 Wright State University, Dayton, OH (M.S.) In Biological Sciences with Emphasis in Bacteriology
1968-1972 Wright State University, Dayton, OH (B.S.) Cuma LaudeMajor: Biological Sciences; Minor: Chemistry
2006 Professor, Department of Pathology, University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center
2006-2006 Associate Professor, Department of Pathology, University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center
2005-2006 Research Associate Professor, Department of Pathology, University of New Mexico Health Sciences Ctr
1994-Present Diplomate, American Board Medical Microbiology
1998-Present Scientific Director Microbiology/Virology, TriCore Reference Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM
1992-2005 Research Associate Professor, Department of Molecular Genetics & Microbiology, University of New Mexico Health Sciences Ctr.
1990-1998 Director, Clinical Virology Lab
1990-1991 Research Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular Genetics & Microbiology, University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center
1984-1990 Assistant Professor, Dept. of Otolaryngology & Microbiology, WVU Director, Clinical Virology Lab WVU Hosp.
1981-1984 Post-doctoral Fellow, ABMM Training Program, Department of Laboratory Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
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