Gary R. Whittaker

Professor of Virology
Microbiology and Immunology, College of Veterinary Medicine

Contact Information

C4 127 Veterinary Medical Center
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853
p: (607) 253-4019

Gary R. Whittaker

Professor of Virology
Microbiology and Immunology, College of Veterinary Medicine

Expertise
Virology, infectious diseases

Current Research Interest
The structure and function of viral envelope proteins—how genomic mutations lead to changes in the envelope proteins and control viral pathogenesis in influenza viruses and coronaviruses—SARS-CoV, MERS-CoV and feline coronaviruses; novel vaccines and diagnostic test development

Distinction
Pfizer Animal Health Award for Research Excellence

Selected Publications
Licitra, Beth N., Jean K. Millet, Andrew D. Regan, Brian S. Hamilton, Vera D. Rinaldi, Gerald E. Duhamel, and Gary R. Whittaker. “Mutation in Spike Protein Cleavage Site and Pathogenesis of Feline Coronavirus." Emerging Infectious Diseases 19, no. 7 (2013): 1066-1073.

Lai, Alex L., Jean K. Millet, Susan Daniel, Jack H. Freed, and Gary H. Whittaker. “The SARS-CoV Fusion Peptide Forms an Extended Bipartite Fusion Platform That Perturbs Membrane Order in a Calcium-Dependent Manner.” Journal of Molecular Biology 429, no. 24 (2017): 3875-3892.

Cornell Research Website Article
Viruses, Known and Unknown

Cornell Research Website Video
Veterinary College Breakthrough