Dr. Mario Stevenson is currently Professor in the Department of Medicine, Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases, Director of theUniversity of Miami AIDS Institute, Director of the Global Virus Network at the University of Miami and Co-Director of the Center for AIDS Research. Prior to 2011, Dr. Stevenson was the David Freelander Chair for AIDS Research at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and the Director of the Center for AIDS research at that Institution. Dr. Stevenson obtained his BSc. (1980) and PhD (1984) in Glasgow, Scotland. Dr. Stevenson is a molecular virologist who has been working on the viral etiology of AIDS for over 25 years.Dr. Stevenson has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers and his research has provided fundamental insight into the mechanisms regulating HIV replication and disease pathogenesis. He has recently turned his attention to Zika Virus and is developing a rapid diagnostic for Zika infection. Dr. Stevenson has served as Chair of the HIV AIDS Virology Study Section at the National Institutes of Health, Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the National AIDS Conference (CROI), and has served on the NIH Office of AIDS Research that sets AIDS research directives. From 2006-2015, he served as Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board and a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) and a scientific board member of the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. Dr. Stevenson has received a Merit Award (10 year grant) from NIH-NIAID. Dr. Stevenson is a recipient of Harvard Medical School’s Shipley Lectureship, recipient of the Gertrude Elion award and Barcelona’s IRSI-Caixa award for accomplishments in AIDS research and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology. Dr. Stevenson serves on the scientific advisory boards of the Centers for AIDS Research at UC San Diego, Emory University and Case Western Reserve University.