SCVD Faculty

Peter W Mason, PhDPeter W Mason, PhD

Peter Mason has been leading the Infectious Diseases group at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in Tarrytown, NY since 2014. Despite his geographic distance from Texas, Peter has continued to maintain his affiliation with UTMB through the SCVD. Before joining Regeneron, Peter was Head of US Microbial Molecular Biology at Novartis Vaccines in Cambridge, MA (a position he held from 2009 to 2014). Peter’s group at Novartis Vaccines worked on a variety of projects, including vaccines to prevent cytomegalovirus disease, vaccines to prevent respiratory syncytial virus disease, and vaccines to prevent influenza. In 2002, Peter joined the faculty at UTMB as a Professor of Pathology and a Senior Scientist in the SCVD. His contributions to infectious disease research at UTMB included his co-invention of a new method to produce flavivirus vaccines (currently licensed to a pharmaceutical company and a veterinary vaccine company) and new methods to study flavivirus pathogenesis using single-cycle infectious particles. Peter's work in virology began with postgraduate training in molecular virology at the University of Massachusetts in 1984. From 1986 to 1990, he was an Assistant Professor in the School of Medicine at Yale University, New Haven, CT where he established a program in flavivirus glycoprotein synthesis and virion assembly. During this time, Peter played a critical role in design and pre-clinical evaluation of one of the first viral-vectored vaccines to be tested in man. In 1990, Peter began to work at the USDA's Plum Island Animal Disease Center off the coast of CT, while he maintained his affiliation with Yale. In his position at the USDA, Peter co-invented several methods to produce vaccines to prevent foot-and-mouth disease. Since 2002, Peter has served as a member of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM)/Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Postdoctoral Program Steering Committee. He previously served as Chair of the McLaughlin Fellowship Committee at UTMB, and served at the RNA Division Chair of ASM.

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