Ralph Baric

Associate research professor of microbiology and immunology, School of Medicine; professor of epidemiology, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

After Ralph Baric attended N.C. State University on a swimming scholarship, he stuck around to complete a PhD in microbiology in 1983, the year the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) was isolated. He is known for his research on the replication and pathogenesis of coronaviruses, which include SARS, and more recently of noroviruses such as the Norwalk virus. His work has crossed the boundaries of microbiology, virology, immunology and epidemiology, looking especially at the population genetics of viruses to find the molecular building blocks for more effective vaccines. Email: rbaric@email.unc.edu. Web: http://www.sph.unc.edu/?option=com_profiles&profileAction=ProfDetail&pid=704220087.