Gerald Misinzo holds a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine from Sokoine University of Agriculture (2000), an MSc Molecular Biology from the Catholic University of Leuven (2003) and a Doctor of Philosophy in Veterinary Medicine from Ghent University (2007). He is an OR Tambo Africa Research Chair focusing on Viral Epidemics of Short-cycle Animal Stocks and leader of the SACIDS Africa Center of Excellence for Infectious Diseases of Humans and Animals in Southern and Eastern Africa (SACIDS-ACE). He currently serves as a Vice Chair of the Panel for the State of Laboratory Biosafety and Biosecurity in the SADC Region of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) and member of the Tanzania National Biosafety Committee. His research interests are on the genomic epidemiology of viral epidemics of short-cycle animal stocks such as Africa swine fever, small ruminants morbillivirus, Newcastle disease and tilapia lake disease; vector-borne viral diseases such as dengue, chikungunya and Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever; and viral acute febrile illnesses such as influenza virus and coronavirus infections. He has contributed to and co-authored more than 50 scientific articles in international peer-reviewed journals indexed by PubMed and has a Google Scholar h index of 23 and i10 index of 38.