Brian Bird, DVM MSPH PhD

One Health Institute University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Bird is the Director of the One Health Institute Laboratory of the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California Davis. His interests in emerging infectious diseases began during his public health training at the Johns Hopkins University and was reinforced during his later service as a US Peace Corps volunteer in Kazakhstan. This led him to the University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine where he completed his DVM and PhD in virology/comparative pathology focused on the genomics and molecular pathogenesis of Rift Valley fever virus. He later served as a Veterinary Medical Research Officer at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Viral Special Pathogens Branch where he investigated viral hemorrhagic fever pathogenesis in a variety of animal models, developed and assessed novel vaccines and diagnostics, and participated in multiple outbreak investigations including the West Africa 2013-2016 Ebola virus epidemic. At the UC Davis One Health Institute since 2016, he leads an active and diverse research program in based in California, Sierra Leone, and Tanzania. Unified by an overarching One Health approach, these efforts are focused on understanding virus and reservoir host dynamics and the drivers of virus spillover, and the development of novel vaccines and therapeutics for a range of high-consequence zoonotic pathogens.

I'm Speaking At