David J. Spiro, Ph.D., is the Director of the Division of International Epidemiology and Population Studies (DIEPS) at the Fogarty International Center. The main focuses of DIEPS are mathematical modeling of infectious disease transmission and spread, evolutionary studies on emergent RNA viruses including influenza, rotaviruses, noroviruses and RSV, the effects of enteropathogen burden on child growth and cognitive development, implementation science focusing on clean cooking stoves and reduction of household air pollution, biosafety, biosecurity, ISO, and HRO training in Pakistan and training workshops dedicated to teaching data analysis for laboratories in low and middle income countries. Before coming to Fogarty International Center, David was the Chief of the Viral Respiratory Diseases Section in the Respiratory Diseases Branch at the Division of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases at NIAID. He oversaw a team that managed grants and contracts for influenza, MERS, SARS, and RSV basic research and preclinical and clinical influenza vaccine and therapeutics development with a focus on countermeasures for pandemic influenza and universal influenza vaccine development. Previously, David was the head of the Viral Genomics group at the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI) in Rockville, MD and was actively involved in surveillance of emerging infectious diseases, using high throughput sequencing platforms to monitor the evolution of RNA viruses. He led several large-scale genome sequencing projects investigating the molecular evolution of influenza, coronaviruses, rhinoviruses and rotaviruses. His scientific research has focused on parasite and viral genomics. Before joining JCVI, David was a Research Scientist at New England Biolabs where he studied the filarial parasite Brugia malayi. David received his undergraduate degree in Biology and History at Columbia University and his graduate degree in Cell and Developmental Biology at Harvard University.