Viruses have a way of taking over the headlines from time to time–in 2009 it was H1N1 influenza. A couple of years ago, Ebola dominated the airwaves and today, it is difficult to turn on the news or read a news source with something about Zika virus.

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Virology, or the study of viruses, is a challenging, but oh so interesting topic and there is a virology professor of more than three decades that has published his 25 lecture undergraduate course on his blog for you to immerse yourself into….and it doesn’t cost a penny!

Columbia University Virology professor, Vincent Racaniello, PhD, published the video series on his website Virology Blog —Check it out!

The lectures, each about 70 minutes in length, cover everything from the basics to the genetics and structure to infections, vaccines and the always interesting emerging viruses.

As “Earth’s virology professor”, Racaniello is a Professor of Microbiology & Immunology in the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University. He has worked on influenza viruses, his lab was one of the premier places for work on the polio virus and now Zika and enterovirus are under the lab umbrella.

Check out more at his website, Virology Blog