Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, United States
Dr. Eric Laing, PhD, is an Assistant Professor and lead researcher of the Molecular Virology and Emerging Zoonoses (MoVEZ) lab within the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, and holds a joint appointment with the Emerging Infectious Diseases Graduate Program in the School of Medicine. Dr. Laing’s lab is focused on improving our understanding of how zoonotic viruses spillover into human populations. As part of this effort, the lab is actively involved in identifying the wildlife hosts of high priority viruses and the high-risk interfaces where viral-chatter between wildlife and humans occurs. Dr. Laing’s current research is focused on understanding the contribution of flying foxes to virus spillover and Nipah virus ecology in the Philippines. Additionally, Dr. Laing serves as co-investigator for the Southern Africa Bat Research Network and the Centers for Research in Emerging Infectious Diseases EID-Southeast Asia Research Collaborative Hub, utilizing serology as a tool for wildlife biosurveillance and zoonosis ecology.