Jean Paul Gonzalez, MD, PhD
Dr. Jean-Paul J. Gonzalez is Deputy Director of the Center of Excellence for Emerging and Zoonotic Animal Diseases (CEEZAD) at Kansas State University.
A graduate of Bordeaux University’s Medical School, Dr. Gonzalez was named deputy director in February of 2017. He came to CEEZAD following a lengthy career that included an assignment as science advisor for Health For Development, an international entity committed to extending accessibility to health care to under-served regions. Based in Washington and Paris, he specialized in development of advanced biosurveillance tools and strategies as well as capacity building within the framework of global biosurveillance. Prior to that he was a senior staff scientist specializing in emerging diseases and biosecurity for Metabiota Inc., which is headquartered in San Francisco.
During a more than three-decade long academic and professional research career, Dr. Gonzalez has worked for various entities in Africa, Europe, South America, Asia and the United States. His experience includes appointments with the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, the Government of the Gabon Republic, the French Research Institute for Development and the Bordeaux Regional University Hospital. His principal focus has been on the fundamentals of disease emergence, viral disease eco-epidemiology, and biosurveillance. He has worked for the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, and as a visiting professor at Yale’s Arbovirus Research Unit. He has also worked for the Pasteur Institute International Network (France), Mahidol University (Thailand), and the Japanese Cooperation Agency, among others.
Dr. Gonzalez earned a doctorate in viral ecology and molecular biology from Clermont-Ferrand University in France. He received a bachelor’s degree in medical sciences from Bordeaux University and a master of zoology and marine biology from Bordeaux University. He also holds a master of epidemiology and Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, a master of immunology, and a master of microbiology. He has published more than 300 peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts, books and book chapters.