Ian Lipkin has been awarded Villanova University's 2014 Mendel Medal.

Since 1929, Villanova has given the medal to scientists in recognition of their accomplishments. Lipkin is a professor of epidemiology at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, and director of the school's Center for Infection and Immunity.

He is credited with the discovery of the implication of West Nile virus as the cause of encephalitis in North America in 1999, the invention of MassTag PCR, and the first panmicrobial microarray.

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