Roland R. Rueckert, Ph.D.

Title: Virologist & Educator (Retired)
Company: Institute for Molecular Virology
Location: Madison, Wisconsin, United States

Roland R. Rueckert, Ph.D., Retired Virologist and Educator at the Institute for Molecular Virology, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in virology and higher education.

With nearly 40 years of professional experience to his credit, Dr. Rueckert is a dedicated and accomplished virologist and educator who most recently served as a distinguished research professor for the Institute for Molecular Virology from 1985 to 1996, when he reached emeritus status. Prior to this appointment, he was a professor for the institute from 1973 to 1985. Dr. Rueckert previously held several roles with the University of Wisconsin, including assistant professor and associate professor in the Biophysics Laboratory between 1965 and 1973, as well as the University of California, Berkeley, where he served as an assistant research virologist in the Virus Laboratory from 1962 to 1965. Dr. Rueckert commenced his career at the Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry in Germany, acting as a fellow between 1960 and 1962. Alongside his primary endeavors, Dr. Rueckert was a member of the virology study section with the National Institutes of Health from 1981 to 1985 and president of the American Society of Virology from 1989 to 1990.

To prepare for his illustrious career, Dr. Rueckert pursued formal education at the University of Wisconsin, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in chemistry and a Doctor of Philosophy in oncology in 1953 and 1960, respectively. He is perhaps most renowned for his research on the dodecahedral model for picornavirus structures and assembly, the molecular biology of picornaviruses, including the polio 8 common cold, the structure 8 biology of small insect viruses, and the mechanism of neutralization by antibodies and antivirals. He is considered to be have been a pioneer in the field of genetics with respect to insect viruses.

Now in retirement, Dr. Rueckert is involved in the field of forestry. The owner of 310 acres of land, he has accrued several accolades in light of his achievements in the industry. Named Tree Farmer of the Year by the Wisconsin Fifth District in 2007, he was also named Oneida County Tree Farmer of the Year in 2001 and Forest Steward of the Year by the Lumberjack Resource Conservation and Development Council, which represents 10 countries in northeastern Wisconsin. He also won the Marie Christine Kohler Award and the William D. Stovall Award from the University of Wisconsin in 1953. Notably, Dr. Rueckert has been highlighted in several editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, and Who’s Who in Science and Engineering.

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