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Professor W. Ian Lipkin M.D PhD
Dr Lipkin was technical advisor on the Steven Soderbergh film Contagion released in 2011.
W. Ian Lipkin, M.D., is the John Snow Professor of Epidemiology and Professor of Neurology and Pathology at Columbia University, Director of the Center for Infection and Immunity at the Northeast Biodefense Center, and member of the WHO Collaborating Centre on Diagnostics, Surveillance and Immunotherapeutics for Emerging Infectious and Zoonotic Diseases.
A graduate of the first class at Sarah Lawrence College that admitted men, he obtained his M.D. at Rush Medical College, did his Medicine Residency at the University of Washington, his Neurology Residency at UCSF, and a Fellowship in Neurovirology and Neuroscience at The Scripps Research Institute. From 1990 through 2001, he was on faculty at the University of California Irvine in the Department of Neurology, Anatomy and Neurobiology and the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, where he held the Louise Turner Arnold Chair of Neurosciences.
Lipkin’s work is focused on microbial pathogenesis and discovery. His contributions include the first use of purely molecular methods to identify an infectious agent; the implication of West Nile virus as the cause of the encephalitis in North America in 1999; the invention of MassTag PCR and the first panmicrobial microarray; the first use of deep sequencing in pathogen discovery; the discovery of more than 75 viruses including rhinovirus C, Dandenong, and LuJo; and the establishment of the largest prospective birth cohort devoted to investigating gene-environment-timing interactions and biomarker discovery in development and disease.
Dr. Lipkin is Special Advisor to the Minister of Science and Technology of China, and serves on the boards of the Guangzhou Institute for Biomedicine and Health, the Institut Pasteur de Shanghai, the Australian Biosecurity Cooperative Research Centre, and the 454 Life Sciences, Tetragenetics, Prosetta, and Akonni Corporations.
His honors include NARSAD Young Investigator, NIH Clinical Investigator Development Award, Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences, Japanese Human Science Foundation Visiting Professor, Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons Visiting Bruenn Professor, American Society for Microbiology Foundation Lecturer, University of California Irvine Distinguished Lecturer, Ellison Medical Foundation Senior Scholar in Global Infectious Disease, Millennium Commencement Speaker Sarah Lawrence College, Dalldorf Research Physician NYS Department of Health, Fellow of the New York Academy of Sciences, Distinguished Lecturer of the National Center for Infectious Diseases, Honorary and Founding Director Beijing Center for Infectious Diseases, Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology, John Courage Professor National University of Singapore, and Kinyoun Lecturer National Institutes of Health.