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Stefan D Baral

Stefan Baral is a physician epidemiologist and an Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health (JHSPH). Stefan has led epidemiological studies among key populations including men who have sex with men and sex workers in Southern, Eastern, and Western African countries as well as in Central and Southeastern Asia. Stefan acts as the Director of the Key Populations Program for the Center for Public Health and Human Rights at the JHSPH.

Jason K. Blackburn

I am an Associate Professor of Medical Geography at the University of Florida. I am jointly appointed to the Emerging Pathogens Institute and I run BSL-3 Select Agent pathogen lab focused on bacteria. I founded and direct the Spatial Epidemiology & Ecology Research Lab, which combines our BSL-3 work with spatial modeling of pathogen habitats, animal movements, and ecological modeling.

Michael J. Buchmeier

Professor of Medicine and Biology at The University of California, Irvine. Formerly Professor, Division of Virology, The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA. Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Currently Associate Director of the Pacific Southwest Regional Center of Excellence for Emerging Diseases.

Andrew W Byrne

Veterinary epidemiologist at the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute, Belfast, UK, and an Honorary Lecturer at the School of Biological Sciences, Queen's University Belfast, UK. My research interests are primarily focused on infectious disease in wildlife and domestic hosts, wildlife ecology and management, and the concept of "one health".

José G B Derraik

Dr José Derraik was born in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), but moved to New Zealand in 1995. José has a very broad academic background, with a BSc and MSc in Ecology from the University of Otago (New Zealand), and a PhD in Public Health (University of Otago). His MSc examined invertebrate biodiversity in human-modified habitats. His PhD focused on vector ecology, more precisely on mosquitoes in New Zealand and how the threat of a mosquito-borne disease outbreak has been affected by ongoing anthropogenic environmental change. José then worked as a Senior Advisor for MAF Biosecurity NZ, where he provided expert advice to the NZ government on biosecurity threats to human health.

In 2008, José joined the Liggins Institute (University of Auckland) where he has been working on paediatric research, as well as on a number of clinical trials in adolescents and adults at risk of metabolic disease. His research focuses primarily on the long-term effects of early life events (such as preterm or post-term birth) in childhood. However, José has recently been appointed as an honorary research associate at Uppsala University in Sweden, where alongside his Swedish colleagues he has been examining also the long-term effects of early life events in adulthood.

Lastly, José is currently involved in a large multi-institutional project (A Better Start) in New Zealand, with a leading role in a number of studies aiming to predict, prevent, and mitigate childhood obesity in the country.

Scott Emrich

I received a BS in Biology and Computer Science from Loyola College in Maryland and a PhD in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology from Iowa State University (ISU). Upon graduation, I received a ISU Research Excellence award and the university-wide Zaffrano Prize for Graduate Research. Starting after graduation in 2007 I spent the first ten years of my career at the University of Notre Dame, and now am an Associate Professor at the University of Tennessee (Knoxville). My research interests include genome-focused bioinformatics, parallel and distributed computing, and the intersection of biological applications and second and third-gen sequencing. Nearly all of my research has been funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH).

Dina M Fonseca

Professor in the department of Entomology at Rutgers University and also a member of the graduate programs in Ecology and Evolution and Microbiology and Biochemistry. I am primarily a molecular ecologist examining how populations of invasive species change upon arrival and expansion and, in the case of disease vectors, how they affect epidemiological landscapes and risk estimates. From 2008-2013 I was the lead PI at Rutgers on a cooperative agreement funded by USDA-ARS to develop and test Area-wide Integrated Mosquito Management strategies to control Aedes albopictus, the Asian tiger mosquito. In July 2017 I became the Director of the Center for Vector Biology, a program that provides accreditation, continuing education and broadly supports the extended NJ Mosquito Control community. I have developed a strong extension program working with professional mosquito control programs using vector biology, ecology and evolution to develop effective and efficient strategies for control. I have also spearheaded urban mosquito control by residents through Citizen Action Through Science (Citizen AcTS): http://vectorbio.rutgers.edu/CitizenAcTS.htm. Founding member of the Worldwide Insecticide resistance Network (WIN): https://win-network.ird.fr/ and founding member of InSITe (Innovative Strategies for Invasives Team) using environmental DNA (eDNA) and risk analysis to detect and contain invasive species https://www.insiteru.org.

Simon DW Frost

Reader in Pathogen Dynamics at the University of Cambridge; formerly Adjunct Associate Professor in the Dept. of Pathology, University of California San Diego (UCSD). Graduated with a BA in Natural Sciences (1st class), Trinity College, Cambridge (1992), DPhil in Mathematical Biology, Merton College, Oxford (1996). Postdoctoral positions at Princeton University, Oxford University, University of Edinburgh and UCSD. Awards include: NATO Postdoctoral Fellowship (1996), MRC Nonclinical Training Fellowship (1997-2000), a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award (2008-2013), and Thomson-Reuters Highly Cited Researcher awards in 2014, 2015, and 2016.

Yuming Guo

Dr Yuming Guo is an Associate Professor and NHMRC Career Development Fellow, at Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine in Monash University. He is interested in assessing the associations between environmental exposures (e.g., air pollution and weather) and human health using advanced statistical models. He leads and participates in analyses for several international collaborations and, in this capacity, liaises with scientists with diverse perspectives to encourage multidisciplinary approaches to problem-solving. He has been awarded best environmental epidemiology paper by international society for environmental epidemiology, and best young investigator by The Lancet-Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences committee. He is an adjunct professor at University of Oulu, Finland and Jinan University (Guangzhou), China.

Robert J Hijmans

Robert Hijmans is a professor in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy, and the chair of the Geography Graduate Group at the University of California Davis. Prior to joining UC Davis, he held positions at the International Potato Center (Peru), the International Rice Research Institute (Philippines) and at UC Berkeley. His research focuses on spatial data analysis in biodiversity, agriculture, and health, and he has developed widely used software and databases to support such work. He is the director of the Geospatial and Farming Systems Research Consortium of the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Sustainable Intensification. He has a PhD in Production Ecology from Wageningen University (Netherlands).

Grant A Hill-Cawthorne

Senior Lecturer in Communicable Disease Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of Sydney; Public Health Lead and Node Leader for Mass Gathering Medicine, Marie Bashir Institute, University of Sydney; Honorary Life Fellow, St Andrew's College within the University of Sydney; Senior Member and College Research Associate, Wolfson College, University of Cambridge

Biographical details:
I studied medicine in Cambridge and during my junior doctor years was very interested in both neurology and infectious diseases. Clinically I specialised in medical microbiology, keeping a particular interest in neurological infections. For the past 3 years I have been in Saudi Arabia developing a pathogen genomics laboratory where I have gained first-hand experience of second generation sequencing and bioinformatics.

Research interests:
Infectious diseases and medical microbiology are undergoing the most significant shift since PCR was introduced. By the end of this decade, sequencing will have become the main option when investigating any outbreak or infection. I study the interface between genomics as a pure science and its translation into clinical and public health benefits.

At present I am examining the worldwide genomics of tuberculosis, the use of sequencing to characterise MRSA strains and the genomic variations in BCG vaccine strains used around the globe.

Abdullatif Husseini

Abdullatif Husseini, Ph.D., MPH, MS is currently an Associate Professor of Public Health and Director of the Master of Community and Public Health Program at the Birzeit University. He received his MS in life sciences from Indiana State University, his MPH from the University of Wales, and his Ph.D. in epidemiology and preventive medicine from the University of Oslo, Norway. Dr. Husseini research interests include epidemiology of non-communicable diseases and their risk factors and public health in emergencies. His publications in peer reviewed journals covered various topics, including diabetes mellitus, cardiovascular diseases, and obesity, among other important public health issues in the region. He led and participated in various research projects. Dr. Husseini taught different graduate and the undergraduate courses including: classical epidemiology, advanced epidemiology, research methods, and introduction to public health Dr. Husseini is a tenured associate professor at Birzeit University.