Faculty Spotlight: Gustavo Delhon

Gustavo Delhon
Meet Gustavo Delhon, research professor and director of BSL3 Facilities.
January 10, 2022

About Gustavo

I was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, as part of second-generation European immigrants. Most of my friends and family live there. I obtained my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in the University of Buenos Aires and since then I spent most of my working life in the academia. I moved to Lincoln to pursue my master’s and doctorate degrees in virology, and then I went back to the University of Buenos Aires, where I taught virology for veterinary students. Later I took positions in New York as a USDA microbiologist, Illinois as an assistant professor at UIUC and finally, UNL. Viruses have been my thing, with a focus on the mechanisms behind the interaction between viruses and hosts.

What is your position at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln?

My current position is research professor and director of BSL3 Facilities. My appointment includes teaching to students of the veterinary program, research in virology, and managing the UNL BSL3 facility.

What drew you to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln?

The vibrant environment for virology research and the opportunities for collaborative work played a big part. Also important - Lincoln is where my son was born, so it is close to my heart.

What aspect of working in an educational setting do you enjoy the most?

I have taught university students for 30 years in two countries, so communication with students is something that I relish. I also enjoy the exchange of ideas and collaborations with colleagues of this and other universities.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Professionally, I value my body of work as a whole, including the hundreds of students that attended my lectures over the years, the publication of original work in virology, the subsequent citations by colleagues around the world and to work with so many talented people. Out of the work, my best achievements have to do with the handful of successful and precious relationships I have developed during my life and that I value the most.

What is something that most people don't know about you?

I guess that I have a strong interest in the History of America conquest by the Spanish crown. I have a nice collection of books written at the time and afterwards.

What is your life like outside of work?

Outside of work my life orbits around reading (mostly nonfiction), music, drawing, photography, traveling and biking. And of course, skyping with family and friends.