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J.S.M. Peiris, Ph.D.

Malik Peiris is currently Professor: Chair in Virology, School of Public Health at The University of Hong Kong and Director of the Centre of Influenza Research. His current research focuses on the virology, evolution, pathogenesis and epidemiology of animal and human influenza and other respiratory viral infections. He has a particular interest in emerging viral infections and in virus infections at the animal-human interface. In 2003, he played a key role in the discovery that a novel coronavirus was the cause of SARS. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of London in 2006, awarded the Legion d’Honneur of the Republic of France in 2007 and the Silver Bauhinia Star of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in 2008.