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Richard L. Hodinka, PhD

Dr. Hodinka received his B.S. in Biology (1976) from Marietta College, M.S. in Microbiology (1979) from the University of Montana, and Ph.D. in Microbiology (1983) from Ohio University. He then completed a research postdoctoral fellowship (1986) in Microbiology (Chlamydial Pathogenesis) in the Department of Microbiology & Immunology at the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill, followed by a clinical postdoctoral fellowship (1988) in Diagnostic Microbiology and Immunology at the University of North Carolina Medical Center.

Dr. Hodinka joined the faculty of the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in 1988, and is currently a Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and is the Director of the Clinical Virology Laboratory at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Since 1994, he has been a co-chair of the Annual Clinical Virology Symposium and Annual Molecular Virology Workshop. He has served as a Council Member and the President for the Pan American Society for Clinical Virology (PASCV). He has served as a member of the Board of the American College of Microbiology, as Chairperson for the American Society for Microbiology Committee on Postdoctoral Educational Programs, and as a member of the International Scientific Advisory Committee for the Asia Pacific Congress of Medical Virology.

Dr. Hodinka is an Editor for the journal Clinical and Vaccine Immunology and serves on various journal editorial boards, study sections and professional committees. His clinical and research interests include pediatric viral diseases, detection and monitoring of viral infections in pediatric and adult immunocompromised hosts, rapid methods for viral diagnosis, and molecular diagnostics. He is the author of a number of original scientific publications, review articles and book chapters. Dr. Hodinka’s awards include election to Fellowship in the American Academy of Microbiology (1997), the PASCV Diagnostic Virology Award (2007) received in recognition of his contributions to the field of diagnostic virology, the PASCV Dupont Clinical Virology Young Investigator Award (1995), and 2 Distinguished Teaching Awards (2000, 2001) and the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Basic Science Teaching (2001) from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He also has been selected as a National Foundation Lecturer (1994-96) for the American Society for Microbiology.