Michael Goodin employs live-cell imaging to investigate the cellular biology of plant-adapted rhabdoviruses, and other RNA viruses. He has made seminal contributions particularly regarding the mechanism of nuclear transport of viral proteins, their ability to modify nuclear membranes, and identification of host factors implicated in cell-to-cell movement. He is presently focused on the identification and characterization of emerging plant viruses in Brazil, including the mite-transmitted coffee ringspot virus. Like zoonotic viruses, plant viruses, particularly those with arthropod vectors, share the ability to jump species barriers, which results in their “emergence” into new host populations. He conducted his postdoctoral research at the University of California-Berkeley, graduate research at The Pennsylvania State University, and received his undergraduate degree from Brock University. He communicates how fundamental principles of science are relevant to everyday life via original essays posted on his blog at greenorangecafe.org.