The Madison Virology Program

The collective host for ASV-17 is the Madison Virology Program (MVP), which includes virology faculty, Ph.D. students, postdocs, and research staff at UW-Madison.  Both of the local hosts, Dr. Bernard and Dr. Friesen, are members of the MVP.  Also, most of the local volunteers helping orchestrate the 2017 Madison meeting are members of the MVP.  The MVP is comprised of ~thirty virology laboratory groups with research programs that focus on investigating mechanisms of virus replication and pathogenesis at the molecular level.  Their collective goals include developing novel preventative measures and treatments for viral disease by probing the basics of cell and organismal biology through research on viral pathogens.  Their efforts are collected and coordinated by the MVP through seminar series, joint laboratory meetings, training grants, and conferences – both local and national (the ASV meeting included).

Within the individual labs, which belong to eleven different departments from five different colleges at UW-Madison, the MVP provides graduate training in molecular virology through multiple Ph.D. programs, including Cellular and Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Cancer Biology, Biochemistry and others.  The Institute for Molecular Virology (IMV), housed in R. M. Bock Laboratories (1525 Linden Dr.), is the administrative home of the MVP.  We invite both students and postdocs to visit the MVP website ( to learn more about the breadth of virological research and the multitude of training opportunities within the MVP at UW-Madison.

We are proud to host the ASV meeting every five years.

Here are a few ideas for exploring campus and the lakeshore. For many more ideas, please visit the Campus and Visitor Relations website.


Take a walk, bicycle ride, or run along the shore of Lake Mendota on the Howard Temin Lakeshore Path. You can access the path at the Memorial Union on Langdon Street and continue west for 1.5 miles where you will reach the entrance to Picnic Point. Picnic Point is a peninsula and nature preserve for foot traffic only. You can walk or run out to the end of the point (.75 miles) for great views of Madison and campus. If you are interested in more information on the University of Wisconsin Lakeshore Nature Preserve, please visit their website.

Lakeshore Nature Preserve logo

The Memorial Union at the corner of Park and Langdon Streets is a legendary campus hangout. The Memorial Union Terrace on Lake Mendota offers lovely views, beautiful sunsets, and great people watching. The Union Terrace is a great place to enjoy a cold local beer or The University of Wisconsin’s famous Babcock Dairy  Ice Cream. You can rent a canoe at the Memorial Union Hoofer's Boathouse, located on the lakeshore just west of the Union Terrace.
Your meeting name badge will serve as a temporary membership to the Memorial Union. You will need to show your badge to purchase alcoholic beverages.

Wisconsin Union logo

Walk up Bascom Hill (at the foot of State Street/Library Mall), and when you reach the top continue to the right along Observatory Drive through the center of campus. Continue up the next rise to Observatory Hill, and enjoy the view. Continue on west along Observatory Drive down the hill to the Allen Centennial Gardens (corner of Observatory and Babcock). Created on the 2.5-acre site of a historic Victorian home that once served as a residence for university deans, the 22 magnificent gardens represent gardening styles from around the world.

The view up Bascom Hill

For a change of scenery on your way back to State Street/Library mall/Memorial Union area, head north when you leave the Allen Gardens toward the Porter Boathouse (home of the UW Crew). Just behind the boathouse, you can pick up the Lakeshore Path (head to the right – east) back to the Memorial Union. This walk is 1.3 miles round trip. The Lakeshore Path is flat, the rest of the walk is quite hilly. The Lakeshore Path is not well lit, so use caution after dark.

Aerial view of Porter Boathouse



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