Charles Calisher

Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology

About Charles

Ecology and epidemiology of rodent-borne viruses, arbovirus ecology and epidemiology, viral diagnosis, viral taxonomy, viral evolution. Recent major research emphasis is on the ecology of hantaviruses. Long-term field studies of these viruses in their natural rodent hosts are expected to provide information leading to prevention and control of these human pathogens. Coincident and ancillary studies provide knowledge about the mammalian hosts of these viruses as well as providing information about other rodent-borne viruses and about the mammals themselves.


BS, Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science, 1958MS, University of Notre Dame, 1961PhD, Georgetown University School of Medicine, 1964


Attoui, H., Mendez-Lopez, M.R., Rao, S., Hurtado-Alendes, A., Lizaraso-Caparo, F., Hice, C.L., Samuel A.R., Pritchard L.I., Melville, L., Weir. R., Davis, S., Lunt, R., Calisher, C.H., Tesh, R.B., Fujita, R. and Mertens, P.P.C.Peruvian horsesickness virus and Yunnan orbivirus isolated from equine, bovine, ovine and mosquito species in Peru and Australia. (published, Virology)Calisher, C.H., Peters, C.J., Douglass R.J., and Kuenzi, A.J. Hantaviral infections of rodents: possible scenarios. Arch. Virol. 154:1195-1197, 2009.Calisher, C.H. and Van Regenmortel, M.H.V. Should all other biologists follow the lead of virologists and stop italicizing the names of living organisms?: A proposal. Zootaxa. 2113:63-68, 2009.Black, W.C., Doty, J.B., Hughes, M.T., Beaty, B.J. and Calisher, C.H. Temporal and geographic evidence for evolution of Sin Nombre virus using molecular analyses of viral RNA from Colorado, New Mexico and Montana. Virology Journal 6:102 [DOI:10.1186/1743-422X-6-102] 2009Parrish, C.R., Holmes, E.C., Morens D.M., Park, E.-C., Burke, D.S., Calisher, C.H., Laughlin, C.A., Saif, L.J., and Daszak, P. Cross-species viral transmission and the emergence of new epidemic diseases. Microbiol. Mol. Biol. Rev. 72:457-470, 2008.