Peter Palese, Ph.D.

Peter Palese, Ph.D.

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Peter Palese, Ph.D. is the Horace W. Goldsmith Professor of Microbiology and the Chair of the Department of Microbiology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Dr. Palese's research focuses on RNA viruses, with an emphasis on influenza viruses. His laboratory established the first genetic maps for influenza A, B and C viruses, identified the function of several viral genes and defined the mechanism of neuraminidase inhibitors (now FDA-approved antivirals), as well as pioneered the field of reverse genetics for negative strand RNA viruses. Currently, Dr. Palese's laboratory and colleagues at Mount Sinai are working to develop a universal influenza virus vaccine that would be long-lasting and effective against all strains of influenza.

Dr. Palese was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology in 2000. He is also an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences (2000) and Medicine (2012), as well as an elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2014). Dr. Palese was awarded the Robert Koch Prize in 2006.