Elizabeth Rieder received her M. Sc. Degree in Biochemistry (1986) and a Ph.D. in Virology and Genetic (1991) from the University of Buenos Aires in Argentina. Her doctoral studies involved the molecular mechanism of Foot-and-Mouth Disease Virus (FMDV)-escape mutant generation, isolated under selective immune pressure. Following receipt of her Ph.D., Dr. Rieder was a Research Scientist (1991-1997) at PIADC, USDA, ARS and studied FMDV pathogenesis and developed experimental FMDV vaccines through the generation of an infectious cDNA clone for this virus.
From 1997 through 2002, Dr. Rieder was a Senior Scientist/Instructor for the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology at the State University of New York, Stony Brook, NY. Her research work at Stony Brook focused on replication signals in the genome of plus strand RNA viruses ( poliovirus and rhinovirus). Since 2003, Dr. Rieder is leading a Molecular Biology Laboratory within the Foreign Animal Research Unit, Plum Island Animal Diseases Center as a Senior Scientist. Dr. Rieder has a long-standing and active research interest in the processes that lead to replication of RNA viruses. She has conducted research on foot-and-mouth disease virus for more than 20 years, and made important contributions to the understanding of virus replication, virus-host cell interaction and on vaccine developments against FMDV.