L.A. Ball

L.A. Ball

Dr. L. Andrew Ball received a D. Phil. in biochemistry from Oxford University in 1969. He first discovered the attractions of viruses as experimental systems while studying the replication of RNA phage when he was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Since then he has held academic positions at the National Institute for Medical Research, Mill Hill, UK; the University of Connecticut-Storrs; the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. In his research he has used viruses in the families Rhabdoviridae, Paramyxoviridae, Poxviridae, Nodaviridae, and Tetraviridae to study transcription, replication, and recombination of viral DNA and RNA, as well as the control of gene expression by the cellular mechanisms of innate immunity. He served as chair of the ICTV nodavirus/tetravirus Study Group for six years and as chair of the Invertebrate virus subcommittee before being elected ICTV President in 2002.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Alabama, Birmingham, U.S.A.