Gerald Misinzo is a veterinarian with a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine from Sokoine University of Agriculture (2000), a Master of Science in Molecular Biology from CatholicUniversity of Leuven (2003) and a PhD in Veterinary Virology from the University of Ghent (2007). He is a professor of virology and an Oliver R Tambo Africa Research Chair for Viral Epidemics at Sokoine University of Agriculture. He leads the World Bank-designated SACIDS Africa Centre of Excellence for Infectious Diseases of Humans and Animals in Eastern and Southern Africa. He is the Vice President of the Panel for the State of Laboratory Biosafety and Biosecurity in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Region of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) and a member of the Tanzania National Biosafety Committee. Professor Misinzo was member of the Special COVID-19 Committee appointed by Her Excellency Samia Suluhu Hassan, the President of the United Republic of Tanzania. He is member of the Tanzania National Immunization Technical Advisory Group (NITAG) and the Vigilance Technical Committee for Human and Veterinary Medicines and Vaccines of the Tanzania Ministry of Health. His research interest is on viral respiratory infections, viral acute febrile illnesses and transboundary animal diseases that affect livelihoods and food security. He employs genomics and metagenomics to study pathogen molecular epidemiology, host-pathogen interactions and diagnostics development. He is a recipient of the Sokoine University of Agriculture Vice Chancellor’s Award for best researcher at the University in attracting research funds, for two consecutive years, 2020 and 2021.