Prof. Wanda Markotter is currently the Director of the Centre for Viral Zoonoses, Department of Medical Virology, Faculty of Health Sciences. Since January 2016 she is also occupying a DSI-NRF South African Research Chair in “Infectious Diseases of Animals (Zoonoses)”. She is a virologist who has been involved in a transdisciplinary research programme on disease ecology in bat species in South Africa and other African countries. More than 40 postgraduate students already graduated under her supervision, and she has mentored several postdoctoral fellows and emerging researchers. She has published more than 70 scientific publications and several book chapters and regularly contributes to public media forums. Her research is supported by several multi-collaborative international viral surveillance programmes including the Global Disease Detection Programme, Centres for Disease Control and Prevention and Defence and Threat Reduction Agency, USA.