Fall NCV Symposium

Prem S. Paul Symposium in Virology presented by Nebraska Center for Virology 
Morrison Life Sciences Research Center

The Morrison Center was designed to foster interactions and collaborations among researchers, students, and staff. Seminar rooms are equipped with video conferencing capabilities, there are multiple conference rooms, and upscale spaces designed so that people from different labs can interact and share ideas over lunch or coffee. The Ken Morrison Life Sciences Research Center is named in honor of Mr. Ken Morrison, a Hastings, NE businessman, University of Nebraska Foundation trustee and longtime UNL supporter, who provided the lead private gift for construction. 

Prem Paul in Memorium

Dr. Prem Paul began his career in veterinary medicine in 1965 in Hissar, Haryana, India where he earned a Bachelor of Veterinary Science degree. He then studied at the University of Minnesota and obtained a Ph.D. in Veterinary Microbiology in 1975, and later in 1977 became board certified as a Veterinary Microbiologist. While at Minnesota, Dr. Paul began his impressive career as a research associate in the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences. He then moved into government service working as Veterinary Medical Officer and as a Research Leader and Virologist at the National Animal Disease Center in Ames, IA, working on swine viruses. In 1987, Dr. Paul joined Iowa State University as a faculty member and continued with his research on swine viruses. He worked his way up the ladder of both the College of Veterinary Medicine and the Veterinary Medical Research Institute reaching the position of Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies before being recruited to the position of Vice Chancellor of Research in 2001 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). He was appointed as the Vice Chancellor of Research and Economic Development in 2008 to reflect his new responsibilities in economic development, a growing area of emphasis for the university. Dr. Paul was a well recognized animal virologist, he published extensively,and his achievements included development of monoclonal antibodies to porcine immunoglobulins; identification of new serotypes of rotavirus of cattle and swine; swine enteric and respiratory viruses. He was the recipient of the SmithKline Beecham award for research excellence in 1991. Dr. Paul was also a dynamic and talented administrator. Under his leadership, UNL was one of the fastest-growing research universities in the nation during his tenure, and has risen to an all-time university record of $146.9 million this past fiscal year. He worked tirelessly with all faculty and research partners to keep Nebraska.on an upward trajectory and focused his efforts on strengthening the University. He established a culture of collaboration, crossdisciplinary team science, helped faculty dream big and provided the infrastructure to make those dreams come true, recognizing and celebrating the university’s research successes. He recognized the value of interdisciplinary research by establishing several highly successful research centers. He was also instrumental in supporting the Nebraska Center for Virology, and competed for grants, philanthropic support as well as institutional funding to build the Ken Morrison Life Sciences Research Center in 2008, home of the Nebraska Center for Virology, and then its extension in 2014. The successes of the Virology Center are very much indebted to Dr. Paul’s continuous support. Dr. Paul was a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a Charter Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. He was honored as 2015 Dedicatee of the year at the annual meeting of the International Society Conference of Research Workers in Animal Diseases. He also received commendation in 2016 by the University Industry Demonstration Partnership for leadership, service and support of university-industry partnerships. Paul served on federal agency review and advisory panels for several federal agencies and was active nationally in scientific and academic organizations. Paul was on the editorial board of the Archives of Virology, Animal Health Research Reviews, and Technology and Innovation. Thanks to Prem’s leadership, vigor and unsurpassed vision, our contributions to research, scholarship, and creative activity transformed us as a research-intensive university,” Chancellor Ronnie Green wrote to faculty and staff recently. “Words can’t adequately express the enduring gratitude, respect, and love that the collective University of Nebraska family will always have for Prem”.

Symposium Speakers 2004 – Present


Jason C. Bartz, PhD, Creighton University Kathryn V. Holmes, PhD, Univ. of Colorado Health Sciences Center Bernard Moss, M.D., PhD, Chief, Laboratory of Viral Diseases, NIAID, NIH Richard J. Roberts, PhD, New England Biolabs Michael G. Rossmann, PhD, Purdue Univ. Luwen Zhang, PhD, Univ. of Nebraska -Lincoln


Bruce Chesebro, Chief, Rocky Mountain Laboratories, NIAID, NIH Ann Palmenberg, PhD, Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison Patricia G. Spear, PhD, Northwestern Univ. John T. West, PhD, Univ. of Nebraska-Lincoln Mark J. Young, PhD, Montana State Univ.


Peter Angeletti, PhD, Univ. of Nebraska-Lincoln Janice Clements, PhD, Johns Hopkins Univ. and School of Medicine Robert L. Hendricks, PhD, Univ. of Pittsburgh Robert A. Lamb, PhD, ScD, Northwestern Univ. Peter Palese, PhD, Mount Sinai School of Medicine


Michael Belshan, PhD, Creighton University John E. Johnson, PhD, The Scripps Res. Institute Stanley M. Lemon, M.D., Univ. of Texas Jay A. Nelson, PhD, Oregon Health & Science Univ Nancy Raab-Traub, PhD, Univ. of North Carolina-Chapel Hill


Paul Friesen, PhD, Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison Don Ganem, M.D., Univ. of Cali., San Francisco Peter M. Howley, PhD, Harvard Medical School T. Jack Morris, PhD, Univ. of Nebraska-Lincoln Charles M. Rice, PhD, The Rockfeller Univ.


Jim Carrington, PhD, Oregon State University Diane E. Griffin, M.D., PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Thomas Shenk, PhD, Princeton University James L. Van Etten, PhD, Univ. of Nebraska-Lincoln Reed B. Wickner, PhD, NIH


Lynn Enquist, Phd, Princeton University Kamel Khalili, PhD, Temple University Edward Mocarski, Phd, Stanford University Lee Ratner, M.D., PhD, Washington Univ. St. Louis Charles Wood, PhD, Univ. of Nebraska-Lincoln


Paul G. Ahlquist, PhD, Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison Shilpa Buch, PhD, Univ. of Nebraska Med. Center Adolfo Garcia-Sastre, PhD, Mount Sinai School of Medicine C. Cheng Kao, PhD, Indiana Univ. Bloomington David M. Knipe, PhD, Harvard Medical School


Terence S. Dermody, PhD, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine Shou-Wei Ding, PhD, University of California, Riverside Grant McFadden, PhD, University of Florida Vincent R. Racaniello, PhD, Columbia University Medical Center


Daniel Rock, PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Deborah Brown, PhD, Univ. of Nebraska-Lincoln Leonard Mindich, PhD, New Jersey Med. School Robert Siliciano, MD, PhD, John Hopkins University School of Medicine W. Ian Lipkin, PhD, Columbia University


Felicia Goodrum, PhD, University of Arizona Graham Hatfull, MD, University of Pittsburgh Rebecca Dutch, PhD, University of Kentucky Reuben Harris, PhD, University of Minnesota Qingsheng Li, PhD, University of Nebraska-Lincoln


Xiang-Jin Meng, MD, MS, PhD, Virginia Tech Vishwajit Nimgaonkar, MD, PhD, University of Pittsburgh Paul Turner, PhD, Yale University Louise Chow, PhD, University of Alabama at Birmingham T. Jack Morris, PhD, Univ. of Nebraska-Lincoln


Nels Elde, PhD, University of Utah Asit Pattnaik, PhD, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Colin Parrish, PhD, Cornell University Bradley Hillman, PhD, Rutgers University Joel Palefsky, MD, University of California, San Francisco


Luis Sigal, DVM, PhD, Thomas Jefferson University Matthew Wiebe, PhD, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Peter Nagy, PhD, University of Kentucky Katherine Spindler, PhD, University of Michigan Eric Hunter, PhD, Emory University


Richard Webby, PhD, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Hernan Garcia-Ruiz, PhD, U of Nebraska-Lincoln Christopher Sullivan, PhD, U of Texas at Austin Rachel Whitaker, PhD, U of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign Daniel Carr, PhD, U of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center


Valerian V. Dolja, PhD, Oregon State University Hinh Ly, PhD, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities William Hildebrand, PhD, University of Oklahoma Siobain Duffy, PhD, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey Paul M. Lieberman, PhD, The Wistar Institute


Lalit K. Beura, PhD, Brown University Stephen M. Beverley, PhD, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis Stacey Schultz-Cherry, PhD, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Anthony Fehr, PhD, University of Kansas-Lawrence Ya-Chi Ho, MD, PhD, Yale University S