🔊 'Defining a pathogen' with Prof Roy Robins-Browne & Prof Mike Levine (University of Maryland, USA)

Two world-leaders in microbiology and immunology who became "scientific soulmates" discuss their fight against infectious diseases

Professor Roy Robins-Browne (Dept. Microbiology & Immunology, Doherty Institute), renowned microbiologist who retired from the University of Melbourne late last year, and Professor Myron (Mike) Levine, a vaccinologist from the University of Maryland (USA) are "scientific soulmates".

The two met in 1979, when Professor Robins-Browne's interest in the varieties of E. coli that cause diarrhoea took him to the Center for Vaccine Development of the University of Maryland in Baltimore. At this time, Professor Levine was working in developing countries on the epidemiology, treatment and prevention of infectious diseases.

Both believed that a particular strain of E. coli was caused by a pathogen – they just had to convince the rest of the world.

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