Dr Christopher Cowled is a research scientist at CSIRO’s Australian Animal Health Laboratory in Geelong. Prior to this, Chris studied at Monash University, worked at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute (WEHI) and King’s College in London. Since 2007, Chris has published 28 peer-reviewed papers in journals including Science, PNAS and Nature Reviews Immunology. His research interests broadly encompass virology, immunology and genomics and he has extensive experience using next-generation sequencing to study virus-host interaction. Since his PhD on arboviruses through to his most recent research activities which include a platform for biomarker discovery (for Hendra virus) and pipelines for large-scale NGS data analysis, Chris has consistently built his knowledge and skills around bioinformatics of infectious diseases. He brings to this project a potent blend of molecular virology and advanced scientific computing.