Professor Malik Peiris is Professor and Chair in Virology at the School of Public Health, The University of Hong Kong. He is a clinical and public health virologist with a particular interest in emerging virus disease at the animal-human interface including influenza, coronaviruses (SARS, MERS) and others. His research encompasses the pathogenesis, innate immune responses, transmission, ecology and epidemiology of human and animal influenza and coronaviruses. His research provided understanding on the emergence of the 2009 pandemic H1N1 virus and on zoonotic avian influenza viruses H5N1 and H7N9 and led to evidence-based interventions for their control. His work also contributed to understanding the pathogenesis of acute lung injury resulting from severe influenza infections. In 2003, he played a key role in the discovery that a novel coronavirus was the cause of SARS, its diagnosis and pathogenesis. Currently he is researching the recently emerged MERS coronavirus.