Title: Senior Investigator
Institution: National Institutes of Health
Dr. Taubenberger initiated a project to recover the 1918 influenza virus from autopsy tissues of its victims in 1995, and his laboratory published the first 1918 sequence fragments in 1997. Since then, he has worked to determine the complete genetic sequence of the 1918 influenza virus. Dr. Taubenberger serves as the principal investigator of Project 1, which seeks to determine the small noncoding sequences on the ends of the 1918 influenza gene segments; to develop methods for viral RNA-fragment enriched cDNA libraries to allow for more efficient archaevirology of additional case material, both of pre-1918 and post-1918 influenza pneumonia autopsy cases; and to develop methods to enhance mRNA yield from these archival cases to allow gene array analysis.