Vincent Munster, PI, USA/Netherlands
Vincent Munster received his Ph.D. in virology from Erasmus University, Rotterdam, the Netherlands, in 2006. During his Ph.D. studies, Vincent studied the ecology, evolution, and pathogenesis of avian influenza viruses. Vincent established the Virus Ecology Unit as an independent tenure-track investigator. The mission of the Virus Ecology Unit is to elucidate the ecology of emerging viruses and drivers of zoonotic and cross-species transmission. The Virus Ecology Unit uses a combined field and experimental research approach and conducts research at the state-of-the-art high- and maximum-containment facilities of the Rocky Mountain Laboratories, as well as at field study sites in Africa (the Republic of the Congo, Mali, Liberia), the Caribbean (Trinidad and Tobago), and the Middle East (Jordan). Since starting his own laboratory, Munster has been actively involved in the response to the ongoing MERS-CoV and Ebola virus outbreaks.