Dr. George F. Gao is the director-general of Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (China CDC); the vice president of National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC); a professor in the Institute of Microbiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (IMCAS); the vice chair of Division of Virology, International Union of Microbiological Societies (IUMS). He obtained his PhD (DPhil) degree from Oxford University, UK and did his postdoc work in both Oxford University and Harvard University (with a brief stay in Calgary University). His research interests include enveloped viruses and molecular immunology. His group research is mainly focusing on the enveloped virus entry and release, esp. influenza virus interspecies transmission (host jump), structure-based drug-design and structural immunology. He is also interested in virus ecology, esp. the relationship between influenza virus and migratory birds or live poultry markets and the bat-derived virus ecology and molecular biology. His research has recently expanded on public health policy and global health strategy.