Dr. Mohamed Ezzat El Zowalaty holds a doctorate in Microbiology and Immunology with subject matter specialty in virology, where he conducted research towards his doctoral degree in the College of Veterinary Medicine in the University of Minnesota, USA and he was working on avian influenza viruses in the Midwest region of the USA in 2009. He is a member and supporter of the One Health Initiative and has held a number of research professorship and appointments in South Africa, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Dr El Zowalaty has spent the last 14 years researching pathogens of zoonotic potential at the human, animal environment interface such as influenza viruses, coronaviruses including MERS coronaviruses, and pathogenic bacterial agents. His research interests include emerging pathogens and zoonotic infectious diseases, molecular diagnostics, viral diseases including influenza and coronaviral diseases in animals and humans, antimicrobial resistance, microbiome, virome, and pathogen discovery using advanced tools of metagenomics, transcriptomics and next generation genome sequencing technologies. He has held research fellowships and assistant professorships in South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Institute of Bioscience in Malaysia, the Academy of Medical Sciences London in the U.K, and Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia, USA. He is a co-author on >100 research articles.