Jean-Paul Gonzalez is a member of the faculty, School of Medicine, and Associate Professor at Georgetown University, Washington D.C., USA. He teaches global health policy and biosecurity in the master's and doctoral programmes. Dr Gonzalez obtained his MD from the University of Bordeaux Medical School and his PhD from the University of Clermont-Auvergne, France. After completing his medical training in a hospital in Amazonian French Guyana, he volunteered for active national service at the Pasteur Institute in Tunis, before joining the French Institute for Development Research (IRD) to pursue a career in overseas France in the fields of medical research, training and expertise. He then joined the IRD and the international network of the Institut Pasteur, where he gained exceptional practical experience in host countries with limited resources in Africa, the Americas and Asia. He leads multidisciplinary and multicultural teams in Institut Pasteur's international network and in national institutes and university laboratories in the host countries. His work focuses on understanding and combating the emergence of infectious diseases, responding to epidemics and implementing the One Health approach.