Howard Bachrach


Howard L. Bachrach, a biochemist and virologist, made seminal contributions to the study of the molecular biology and immunobiology of viruses affecting both humans and livestock. He leaves a scientific legacy of identifying new approaches in virology and developing mechanisms for mass-producing viruses and their subunits for research purposes.

His discoveries have had a lasting impact in the prevention of dreaded animal and human diseases. His purification and visualization of poliovirus contributed to the development of the polio vaccine by Jonas Salk, and his pioneering application of genetic engineering techniques led to the production of the first recombinant DNA vaccine.