Gary R. Whittaker

Professor of Virology
Microbiology and Immunology, College of Veterinary Medicine

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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
Cell biology and biochemistry of virus entry; emerging viruses; activation of viral envelope proteins; membrane fusion; proteases; viral pathogenesis

Current Research Interest
Human and avian influenza viruses; human coronaviruses, including SARS and MERS; animal coronaviruses, with a focus on feline infectious peritonitis (FIP); Ebola virus; viral-bacterial co-infections; development of novel diagnostic tests and therapeutics

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 (2013): 1066–1073.

Millet, Jean K., and Gary R. Whittaker. "Host Cell Entry of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus Following Two-Step, Furin-Mediated Activation of Spike Protein." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA. 111 (2014): 15214–15219.

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