Dept. of Mol. Genetics & Microbiology, University of Florida, 1600 S.W. Archer Street, P.O.Box 100266, Gainesville, Florida, FL 32610-0266, USA
Richard C. Condit received his undergraduate degree from the Department of Biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1970, where he conducted research on ribosome structure in the laboratory of Dr. Harry Noller. Dr. Condit received his Ph.D. degree from the Department of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry at Yale University in 1975, where he studied regulation of gene expression in bacteriophage T7 in the laboratory of Dr. Joan Steitz. He then conducted postdoctoral research from 1975-1977 in the Department of Molecular Virology at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund in London, England in the laboratory of Dr. Robert Kamen, where he studied transcriptional regulation of gene expression during mouse polyomavirus infection. From 1977-1978, Dr. Condit conducted further postdoctoral research in the Department of Microbiology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook in the laboratories of Drs. William Bauer and Joseph Kates, where he initiated studies on the molecular genetics of replication of the poxvirus vaccinia. In 1978, Dr. Condit assumed the position of Assistant Professor of Biochemistry at the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he remained until 1990, achieving the rank of Associate Professor and continuing his genetic analysis of vaccinia virus with a focus on transcription. In 1990, Dr. Condit moved to the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology at the University of Florida as a Professor, and continues his studies of the molecular genetics of vaccinia virus replication to this day, with an expanded focus that includes viral transcription, virus structure and virus assembly. In addition to specific and long term expertise in poxvirus replication, Dr. Condit has acquired a broad perspective on virology through teaching and through his role as a co-host of the weekly podcast “This Week in Virology” (www.twiv.tv).