Professor George F. Gao obtained his Ph.D (DPhil) degree from Oxford University, UK and did his postdoc work in both Oxford University and Harvard University (with a brief stay in Calgary University). He is now the Deputy Director-General of Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention. He is also the professor and director in CAS Key Laboratory of Pathogenic Microbiology and Immunology, Institute of Microbiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Vice-President of Beijing Institutes of Life Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and Vice-President of Chinese Society of Biotechnology. His research interests include the molecular mechanism of interspecies transmission of pathogens, molecular virology and molecular immunology. His group research is now focusing on the influenza virus, Streptococcus suis and the molecular/structural basis of recognition of T cell receptors to peptide-MHC complexes. He has published more than 190 refereed papers, 7 books or book chapters and has applied 20 UK, US and Chinese patents.