Dr Ana Fernandez- Sesma is a professor in the Department of Microbiology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS). Her laboratory studies the modulation of innate immunity by viruses of human health interests, including dengue, influenza, HIV, and Zika, using mainly primary human systems, such as dendritic cells and macrophages as well as primary lung epithelial cells and human tonsils. The main goal is to understand the mechanisms of immune evasion used by these viruses to establish infection in humans. Dr Fernandez-Sesma co-directs the Microbiology Main Training Area of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at ISMMS. She is on the editorial board of mSphere, PLoS Pathogens, and the Journal of Virology; has been a member of several NIH study sections; and is chair of the NIAID Human Immunology Project Consortium Steering Committee.