Books beyond Academics

Hi there! It has been a while since I updated my blog. I will be now regularly updating the same quite often from now on!

So, I would like to ask you all one question in particular. Are you interested in reading books beyond the ones which are recommended in the syllabus?

If yes, you are about to get a list of books, which I think should be in collection of and read by everyone, who is passionate for Virology, Immunology & Infectious Diseases. I will also be reviewing all these books on my YouTube channel (

Sr. No. Name Author
1 Biohazard: The Chilling True Story of the Largest Covert Biological Weapons Program in the World–Told from the Inside by the Man Who Ran It Ken Alibek & Stephen Handelman
2 Cancer Virus: The Story of Epstein-Barr Virus Dorothy H. Crawford, Alan Rickinson
3 Ebola: The Natural and Human History David Quammen
4 Lab 257: The Disturbing Story of the Government’s Secret Germ Laboratory Michael C. Carroll
5 Level 4: Virus Hunters of the CDC Joseph B. McCormick & Susan Fisher-Hoch
6 Microbe Hunters Paul de Kruif
7 No Time to Lose: A Life in Pursuit of Deadly Viruses Peter Piot
8 Outbreak: 50 Tales of Epidemics that Terrorised the World Beth Skwarecki
9 Pandemic: Tracking Contagions from Cholera to Ebola & beyond Sonia Shah
10 Pandora’s Lab: Seven Stories of Science Gone Wrong Paul A. Offit
11 Rabid: A Cultural History of the World’s Most Diabolical Virus Bill Wasik & Monica Murphy
12 Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic David Quammen
13 The Coming Plague: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance Laurie Garrett
14 The Demon in the Freezer Richard Preston
15 The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History John M. Barry
16 The Hot Zone: The Chilling True Story of an Ebola Outbreak Richard Preston
17 The Next Pandemic: On the front against Humankind’s gravest dangers Ali S. Khan
18 The Origins of AIDS Jacques Pepin
19 The Vaccine Race: How Scientists used Human Cells to combat Killer Viruses Meredith Wadman
20 The Viral Storm: The Dawn of a New Pandemic Age Nathan Wolfe
21 Vaccinated: One Man’s Quest to Defeat the World’s Deadliest Diseases Paul A. Offit
22 Virolution: The most important evolution book since Dawkins’ Selfish Gene Frank Ryan
23 Virus Ground Zero: Stalking the Killer Viruses with the Centers for Disease Control Ed Regis
24 Virus Hunter: Thirty Years of battling Hot Viruses around thw world C.J.Peters & Mark Olshaker
25 Viruses, Plagues & History: Past, Present & Future Michael B.A. Oldstone
26 Zika: The Emerging Epidemic Donald G. McNeil Jr

P.S.: The books in the picture above are the books I own and have read (proud owner of 23 books now). Some of them were kind donations from the authors and some of them were kind gifts from my parents, friends….and some of them form myself (:-P). I will review all the books in the list above soon! Please subscribe to my blog and YouTube channel for future updates!



Other Online Videos

You may go through the following websites for Virology & Immunology:

  1. Khan Academy                                                                            (
  3. Dr. Anthony DeFranco – Nuts and Bolts of the Immune System
  4. Allergy and Immunology – Osher Mini Medical School    
  5. Immunology Mini-Course – Lecture 1 of 14 – Components of the Immune System
  6. Mobeen Syed Immunology Lectures                               
  7. Indian Insitute of Bangalore Lecture Series                              

Suggested Reading

While you watch my videos, I suggest you read the following books for a deeper insight:

For Virology

  1. Principles of Virology, 3rd/ 4th Ed. (by S.J.Flint, Vincent Racniello et al.) This is not a typical Virology textbook dealing with different chapters on different viruses. But if you really want to learn and have deeper insight of Virology, I suggest you read this. Its very student friendly and is the very right way to study virology!
  2. Fields Virology, 6th Ed. (This is known as the bible of Virology, but personally, I didn’t like it. It doesn’t contain much illustrations and is not at all student friendly as per my opinion. If you need to study a particular virus/ family in detail, this is the right book. But it doesn’t give you a good start)
  3. VIrology: Principles & Applications by John Carter et al.
  4. Introduction to Modern Virology by Nigel J. Dimmock et al.


For Immunology

  1. How the Immune System Works by Lauren Sompayrac
  2. Immunology, 6th Ed. by Kuby (Later editions have many changes and they  have removed many simple illustrations, so use only 6th or 5th Ed.)
  3. Roitt’s Essential Immunology, 12th Ed. by Peter J. Delves et al.
  4. Cellular and Molecular Immunology, 8th Ed. by Abul K. Abbas
  5. Fundamental Immunology, 7th Ed. by William E. Paul

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About my blog

Hi Guys! Welcome to my blog. This blog has been created with the intention of teaching Virology and Immunology.

I’ll be using many reference books for the same, which I’ll mention at the end of each video/ teaching session. My methodology of teaching will be based on classical ‘White-Board/ Black-Board based learning’. Although it’s convenient to teach with the help of powerpoint presentations, I believe, after some time, it becomes boring and monotonous. Viewers are advised to make the most of these videos, which will stay free of charge forever.

The blog will also contain sections covering latest news in Virology and Immunology (and some on Infection Biology). I am not a professional teacher, however, I love Virology and Immunology, and its my way of giving and contributing towards Open-Source learning, in a very simplified manner.

Most of my videos will be based on:

  1. Live Diagrams & illustration based learning
  2. Hand-made notes
  3. Ideas borrowed from all over the Internet (with appropriate permissions and references)-This is just to ensure that you all can benefit from THE BEST available on the internet, books and videos.
  4. Study methods and tactics for making notes on Virology & immunology

In future, I’ll upload many new videos, and will definitely improve on the Video presentation and content (of course, that will come through experience).

I am a newbie, so your comments and suggestions are welcome.


P.S.: All viewers may not be comfortable with my accent of English or with the methodology of teaching. Request all of you to kindly bear with me initially.

Thank you

Siddhesh U. Sapre