Bernard Roizman received his Sc.D (1956) from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and remained on the faculty at Johns Hopkins until he came to The University of Chicago in 1965 as an Associate Professor of Microbiology. He is the Joseph Regenstein Distinguished Service Professor of Virology in the Departments of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics & Cell Biology.
He was elected Member of the National Academy of Sciences, 1979; Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1991; Fellow, American Academy of Microbiology, 1992; Institute of Medicine, 2001; Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2004, Honorary Member, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, 1995, Foreign member, Chinese Academy of Engineering (Medicine), 2000. He is the recipient of honorary degrees from Governors State University, 1984; University of Ferrara, Italy 1991; University of Paris, France, 1997, Univ. of Valladolid, Spain, 2001; Professor (honoris causa) Shandong Academy of Medical Sciences, China, 1985; Peking Union Medical College, China, 2002, Shandong Univ, 2003; Qingdao Univ. 2003. He is the recipient of the first annual ICN International Prize in Virology, 1988; J. Allyn Taylor International Prize in Medicine, 1997; Bristol-Myers Squibb Award for Distinguished Achievement in Infectious Disease Research, 1998. NIH Outstanding Investigator Award 1988-2001; NIH-NCI Merit award, 2003; ASM-Abbot Lifetime Achievment Award, 2008.
Dr. Bernard Roizman currently participates in the teaching of Virology in the Division of Biological Sciences. His primary research interests is the function of herpes simplex virus genes with particular emphasis on the mechanisms by which the virus takes over the host cell and on development of therapeutic viruses for treatment of human cancer.