About ASV

The American Society for Virology Archive serves both to collect and preserve official legal and historical material directly relevant to the establishment and maintenance of the Society, and to store and make available to the public material of general historical interest in the discipline of virology.

Officers and Councilors



The University of North Carolina School of Medicine
Department of Microbiology and Immunology
6012 Marsico Hall, CB 7290,
125 Mason Farm Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
Phone: 919-966-9580 craig.cameron@med.unc.edu


University of Arizona
Department of Immunobiology
1657 E. Helen St., BIO5 Institute
Thomas W. Keating Bldg, Rm 4
Tuscon, AZ  85721
Phone: 520-626-7468
Katherine Spindler, Treasurer ASV


University of Michigan Medical School Department of Microbiology and Immunology
1150 West Medical Center Drive,
5635 Med Sci II
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5620
Phone: 734-615-2727


Nominating Committee Chair (2020)
KRISTEN A. BERNARD – University of Wisconsin - Madison

Councilor for Virology Trainees (2021) 
Kaitlin A. Davis – University of Wisconsin - Madison


Councilor for Plant Virology (2023)
SVETLANA FOLIMONOVA – University of Florida


Councilor for Invertebrate Virology (2021) 
PAUL D. FRIESEN – University of Wisconsin


Councilor for Animal Virology (2021) 
FELICIA GOODRUM – University Arizona


Councilor for Evolution and Ecology (2023)
ADAM LAURING – University of Michigan


Councilor for Medical Virology (2022) 
ANNE MOSCONA – Columbia University Medical Center


Councilor for Prokaryotic Virology (2023) 
KRISTIN PARENT – Michigan State University


Councilor for Veterinary/Zoonotic Virology (2022)
JOHN S. L. PARKER – Cornell University


Councilor for Virology Trainees (2022) 
Kishana Y. Taylor –
University of California, Davis


Dr. Wolfgang K. Joklik
Dr. Wolfgang K. Joklik

Founding of the American Society for Virology

The ASV was founded in 1981 under the leadership of Dr. Wolfgang K. Joklik following fifteen years of discussion by a small group of virologists.  The first annual meeting of the ASV was held in 1982 at Cornell in Ithaca.

The founding of the ASV was officially documented in a 2006 publication in Virology, entitled How the American Society for Virology was Founded, by Wolfang K. Joklik and Sidney E. Grossberg.  This article provides a first-hand summary of the founding and early history of the Society.

From his own files, Dr. Frederick Murphy has compiled documents relating to the founding of ASV including:

  • The Virology article, “How the American Society for Virology was founded (cited above)
  • An editorial in Archives of Virology describing the beginnings of the International Congresses of Virology
  • Original documents from the founding of the ASV including correspondence and business meeting minutes
  • The program from the first ASV meeting

General Interest

Past Presidents

View a list of presidents from our founding president, Dr. Wolfgang K. Joklik (1981-1983) to present, Kristen A. Bernard, Ph.D.

Ann Palmenberg Junior Investigator Award Winners

View current and past Ann Palmenberg Junior Investigator Award Winners.

Joel M. Dalrymple Memorial Award

View current and past Joel M. Dalrymple Memorial Award Winners.

Virus Images / Foundations of Virology

Frederick A. Murphy’s extraordinarily comprehensive pictorial history of virology, plus an extensive collection of electron micrographs of viruses taken by Dr. Murphy.

Viruses: From Structure to Biology

Created by Sondra and Milton Schlesinger, this site provides a unique perspective on the history of virology, featuring numerous interviews with the scientists who made groundbreaking contributions to the discipline.

Official Archive

The official ASV archive has both a legal and a historical purpose.  Legally, as a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization, the Society is required to keep all business meeting minutes and treasurer’s reports.  These are maintained in the archive and updated on a regular basis.  The archive also contains correspondence and records relating to the establishment of the Society, plus copies of the programs and abstracts for all of the annual meetings since the founding of the Society.

The official ASV archive is housed at the Bancroft Library in Berkeley, California.  It was established in 2004 by the then Secretary-Treasurer Dr. Sidney Grossberg.  At the time of its creation, Dr. Grossberg provided the Bancroft library with documents dating from the creation of the Society in 1984 up to 2004.  In 2009 Dr. Wolfgang Joklik, founder of the Society, provided materials from his personal files to the Archive.  Dr. Sondra Schlessinger supplemented the archive with additional materials during her tenure as Chair of the Archives Committee.  Anyone can view the archive by contacting the Bancroft library, and the History and Archives Committee is attempting to provide on-line access to some of the more interesting documents of historical interest.

For more information or to make contributions to the archive, contact Lorena Passarelli, Chair of the History and Archives Committee.

In Memoriam

March 3, 2021
Professor, University of Florida Health



Mavis the Structure Maven - TWiV
April 8, 1967 - December 12, 2020
Professor, University of Kentucky



Dr. Wolfgang K. Joklik
Nov. 16, 1926 - July 7, 2019
Duke University Medical Center


Michael Rossmann
July 30, 1930 - May 14, 2019
Hanley Distinguished Professor of Biological Sciences, Purdue University



Katherine R. Spindler
University of Michigan Medical School
Department of Microbiology and Immunology
1150 West Medical Center Drive, 5635 Med Sci II
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5620
Telephone: 734-764-9686
FAX: 734-764-3562
Email: krspin@umich.edu

Andréa Garcia
Administrator to the Secretary-Treasurer; Email: asv@asv.org

Photo Credit Gallery


Hinh Ly
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Tel: 734-764-9686


ASV 2021

July 19 - 23, 2021

40th Annual Meeting

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