Amit Kapoor, PhD

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

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In 2015, Amit Kapoor, PhD, joined The Center for Vaccines & Immunity at The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital as a principal investigator and The Ohio State University Department of Pediatrics as an Associate Professor. Dr. Kapoor’s work focuses on molecular characterization of polio and enteroviruses associated with acute flaccid paralysis in North Indian children. This work was part of an effort to eradicate wild polioviruses from India using vaccination and surveillance. Dr. Kapoor joined Dr. Eric Delwart (UCSF) in 2002 as post doc and helped in the identification of several new human and animal viruses, including human cosavirus, bocaviruses, astroviruses, parvoviruses and picornaviruses. Dr. Kapoor joined Columbia University as Assistant professor in 2010, where he identified more new human and animal viruses including the first non- human primate homologs of Hepatitis C virus. His most recent work was the identification of human hepegivirus (also known as Human Pegivirus 2) in blood transfusion recipients and the development of VirCapSeq (a pan virome sequencing enrichment method, similar to the exon capture method).

Academic and Clinical Areas
Awards, Honors & Organizations
  • One of two PNAS papers selected for the section “In this issue” and both articles were accompanied by commentaries
  • Guest appearance, twice, “This week in virology” ( – a widely popular science podcast
  • Work highlighted by New York Times and other science media sites
  • Two Journal of Virology papers selected for “Spotlight” section
  • Work featured as cover page of The Journal of Infectious diseases and the ASM Journal mBio
  • Journal of Virology paper selected, Faculty of 1000 Biology
Professional Experience

2015 - Present Vaccines & Immunity Center, The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital,, Principal Investigator

2015 - Present Department of Pediatrics, The Ohio State University,, Associate Professor

2010 - 2015 Pathology & Cell Biology, Columbia University,, Assistant Professor

2010 - 2010 Infection & Immunity Center, Columbia University,, Associate Research Scientist

2006 - 2009 Molecular Virology, Blood Systems Research Institute, University of California,, Scientist

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Center for Vaccines and Immunity