Jean-Paul Gonzalez holds M.D. and Ph.D. degrees and he graduated from the Medical School of Bordeaux in 1974. After his internship, in the Amazonia of French Guyana, he received his Ph.D. degree in viral ecology in 1984 from the University of Clermont-Ferrand, France. He joined the Research Institute for the Development (IRD), Marseille, in 1976, and dedicated his career for research, training, and expertise in developing countries of Americas, Asia, and Africa. He covers several domains of virology from epidemiology and ecology, including arbovirology, viral hemorrhagic fevers, emerging viral diseases, to the study of disease emergence. Since the late 1970s, he has been leading researcher teams at the Pasteur Institute international network, he worked as a Guest Researcher at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of Atlanta, and as a Visiting Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health at the Yale School of Medicine (USA). He described new pathogens, vectors, and hosts and contributed to develop tools and implement strategies for the control and prevention of transmitted disease. He and his group revisited the dynamics of viral hemorrhagic fever, giving spatial and temporal dimensions of the diseases. He developed several scientific concepts such as long-lasting coevolution of germs and hosts at the geological scale of time; deciphering the fundamentals and domains of disease emergence and a transdisciplinary approach. He spent the last decade as a Visiting Professor of microbiology at Mahidol University, Thailand (viral and vector transmitted emerging disease). He was appointed as a General Director of the International Centre for Medical Research of Franceville, Gabon, and Project Manager for the French Foreign Office. He is presently a Research Director at IRD and Consultant for the “Global Viral” Inc. He published more than 200 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals.
Biography Updated on 9 September 2012