Jonathan Epstein is a veterinarian and epidemiologist serving as Vice President for Science and Outreach at EcoHealth Alliance, a New York-based NGO committed to pandemic prevention. His research focuses on bat-associated emerging zoonotic viruses: Nipah, Hendra, Ebola, SARS and MERS. He worked on the teams that discovered SARS’ bat origin in 2004 and MERS in bats and camels in 2012. He has consulted with the WHO, OIE, FAO and the Institute of Medicine.
Jonathan currently oversees disease surveillance and research in Asia and West Africa for USAID’s PREDICT project and is Chief Science Advisor for “Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World” at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History (open through 2021). Featured in various media including 60 Minutes, PBS, and the NY Times, he also holds adjunct academic appointments at Columbia University, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine and his alma mater, Tufts University.