Nathan Wolfe holds the Lorry Lokey Visiting Professorship in Human Biology at Stanford University. He received his doctorate in immunology and infectious diseases from Harvard University in 1998, and has been the recipient of a Fulbright fellowship (1997), the NIH Director’s Pioneer Award (2005), and the National Geographic Emerging Explorer Award (2009). Wolfe’s research aims to chart the diversity of microbial life on earth, and combines methods from molecular virology, ecology, evolutionary biology, and anthropology. He founded and directs the Global Viral Forecasting Initiative (GVFI), a pandemic early warning system which monitors the spillover of novel infectious agents from animals into humans. GVFI coordinates activities of over 100 scientists and staff from countries around the world.