Meeting Dedicated to Prem S. Paul

Prem S. PaulThis meeting is dedicated to Prem S. Paul, D.V.M., Ph.D., to honor his many contributions to the Iowa virology community. Dr. Paul, a prominent animal virologist from Iowa State University, sadly passed away in September, 2016.

Dr. Paul was the veterinary medical officer at the USDA National Animal Disease Center in Ames, IA from 1978-1985, before joining the faculty of ISU where he served as director of graduate education (1991-1992), associate director of the Veterinary Medical Research Institute (1993-1999), assistant director of the Iowa Agricultural and Home Economics Experiment Station (1996-2000), associate dean for research and graduate studies for the College of Veterinary Medicine (1993-1999) and associate vice provost for research (2000-2001). In 2001, Dr. Paul accepted the position of dean of graduate studies and vice chancellor of research at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in Lincoln, NE.

Dr. Paul’s scientific expertise is in animal virology. His early work focused on poultry viruses such Marek’s disease virus and reticuloendotheliosis virus. At Iowa State University, his research focus on viral pathogenesis of respiratory and enteric diseases in swine resulted in significant contributions to animal health, including improved vaccines and diagnostic tests.

Dr. Paul was a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American College of Veterinary Microbiologists, American Society for Virology, Conference of Research Workers in Animal Diseases and the American Association of Swine Veterinarians.

Dr. Paul published over 100 peer-reviewed research articles and 11 books, and held more than 20 U.S. and international patents.