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Alexander Greninger awarded the Koichi Yamanishi Young Investigator Award for Basic Science

By August 26, 2019No Comments

Alexander Greninger, MD, PhD, an Assistant Professor and member of the Department of Laboratory Medicine at University of Washington, was recognized at the 11th International Conference on HHV-6 & 7, for his excellent work in the comparative, genomic, transcriptomic and proteomic reannotation of HHV-6A/B, as well as his analysis of the heterogeneity, large origin tandem repeats and interspecies recombination in HHV-6A/B reference strains.

In addition, he uploaded over six dozen new genome sequences, enormously expanding the publicly available sequences for HHV-6A/B. These accomplishments were greatly appreciated by the HHV-6/7 research community.

Keith Jerome, PhD, the Laboratory Director at University of Washington and mentor, said he was “thrilled “that Alex received the award. “He brings an energy and a passion to everything he does, and the field of HHV-6 virology will be better for it,” said Dr. Jerome.

Dr. Greninger received his MD/PhD at UCSF and worked in the laboratory of Drs. Joseph DeRisi and Charles Chiu on genomics and proteomics of RNA viruses. Recently, he has set up a new center for rapid metagenomic and viral whole genomic sequencing at University of Washington’s Virology Laboratory.

The award is named in honor of Koichi Yamanishi, PhD, the accomplished and prolific scientist and mentor, who first determined that HHV-6B was associated with roseola. Dr. Yamanishi is now Director General of the National Institute of Biomedical Innovation.

Two of Dr. Greninger’s recent papers on HHV-6 are listed below:

Comparative genomic, transcriptomic, and proteomic reannotation of human herpesvirus 6.

Copy Number Heterogeneity, Large Origin Tandem Repeats, and Interspecies Recombination in Human Herpesvirus 6A (HHV-6A) and HHV-6B Reference Strains.