J.L. Whitton

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    Dept. of Immunology and Microbiology, The Scripps Research Institute, 10550 N Torrey Pines Rd, La Jolla, California, CA 92037, USA

  • J. Lindsay Whitton was born and raised in Scotland, and he still has the accent to prove it. He attended the University of Glasgow, where he was awarded a B.Sc. in Molecular Biology (at that time, a young science), followed by a medical degree. During his medical studies he was selected to participate in an International Exchange program, which allowed him to spend 6 months as a medical student at the University of Minneapolis; this first, very positive, exposure to the U.S.A. sealed his subsequent fate. After completing his medical and surgical residencies in Scotland, he left clinical practice to pursue a Ph.D., again at the University of Glasgow, studying transcriptional regulation in herpesviruses in the laboratory of Dr. Barklie Clements. In 1984, after receiving his Ph.D., he moved to Scripps Clinic in La Jolla California, joining Michael Oldstone’s laboratory as a postdoctoral fellow. The intended 2-year sojourn has extended somewhat, and he remains at Scripps (now named The Scripps Research Institute). In 1998 he was appointed Professor in the Department of Neuropharmacology, with a joint appointment in Immunology. He is now a Professor in the Department of Immunology and Microbial Science. His work focuses on understanding how viruses cause disease, and how we can best prevent them from continuing to do so; and on analyzing how viruses induce, and are subsequently suppressed by, T cells. In short : he wishes to make life as difficult for viruses as they have done for us. Dr. Whitton is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and of the American Academy of Microbiology.