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relocated to Galveston in 2006 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), where he was the influenza coordinator. He also served as director, Division of Viral and Rickettsial Diseases, coordinating research activities, prevention initiatives, and outbreak investigations for viral and rickettsial pathogens, including viral hemorrhagic fevers, influenza and other respiratory infections, childhood viral diseases, and newly emerging diseases such as SARS. He served as the associate director for global health in the Office of the Director, National Center for Infectious Diseases at CDC, and he was a medical officer in charge of arboviruses and viral hemorrhagic fevers at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland (1992–1996). He also held leadership positions during a 23-year career as a U.S. Army officer in the medical research and development command, with assignments in Brazil, in Panama, and at various locations in the United States, including the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research and the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases. He has published more than 200 scientific articles and book chapters.

Sergey Netesov is a corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Sciences. He has been vice rector (research) at Novosibirsk State University since 2007. Previously, he served for 30 years at the State Research Center of Virology and Biotechnology, Vector; and in 1990, he became its deputy director for research. He graduated from Novosibirsk State University (1975), joined Vector (1977), and received his Ph.D. (1983) and doctor of biology (1993) degrees. He is a member of the European Academy of Sciences, American Society for Virology, American and European Biosafety Associations, and the Russian Society of Epidemiologists, Microbiologists, and Parasitologists; he is also a member of the Filovirus Study Group of ICTV. In the beginning of his research career he developed original methods of isolation of restriction endonucleases and reverse transcriptase. Later, he was a principal investigator (PI) of a few national projects of pioneer sequencing the genomes of the following viruses: Marburg, Ebola, Venezuelan Equine Encephalitis (VEEV), Eastern and Western Equine encephalitis, tick-borne encephalitis, and influenza. He also was a PI of the reverse genetics project on the VEE virus reconstruction from cDNA fragments. He also was involved in the development of an inactivated hepatitis A vaccine and recombinant hepatitis B vaccine and ran a project on the development of a recombinant vaccine against VEE virus. Recently, he successfully completed a few projects focused on the study of molecular diversity and epidemiology of viral hepatitis in Siberia and participated in other molecular epidemiology projects. Dr. Netesov is twice a winner of the prize awarded by the government of the Russian Federation in the area of science and technology (1998 and 2006). His research interests include virology, biotechnology, and biosafety. He is the author of more than 140 publications in Russian and international journals.

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