Debapriyo Chakraborty studies processes at the intersections of ecology, evolution and epidemiology of pathogens to provide data-driven solutions to manage infectious disease emergence and their spread at the wildlife-livestock-human interface. He has a PhD in molecular phylogenetics and population genetics (Manipal University, India). Before joining EPIDEC, he was a senior research scientist at EcoHealth Alliance, New York and conducted zoonotic viral surveillance as part of the USAID-PREDICT 2 programme. He is a former Fulbright Fellow in public health (Duke University, USA). At EPIDEC, he will study the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) epidemic in France (2016-17) using evolutionary and epidemiological models to (1) reconstruct and time the epidemic evolution, (2) estimate important epidemiological parameters, (3) detect the feedback dynamic between evolutionary and epidemiological processes, and (4) assess the impact of interventions on the virus population size.