Dr. Jonathan Epstein is a veterinary epidemiologist at EcoHealth Alliance, an NGO based in New York City. His research activities are focused on the ecology of emerging zoonotic viruses such as Nipah virus, Ebola virus, SARS CoV, and most recently the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus.
He currently works under the USAID-funded Emerging Pandemic Threats: PREDICT program, a global effort to enhance surveillance for emerging viruses with pandemic potential. He directs the One Health Alliance of South Asia (OHASA), a transdisciplinary, multilateral science and policy network which includes Pakistan, India, Nepal and Bangladesh.
In 2004, Dr. Epstein was part of a team that discovered that bats were the reservoir for SARS coronavirus in China, and in 2012-13 he joined a Columbia University-led investigation of the origins of MERS CoV in Saudi Arabia.
He has been an invited speaker for U.S. and international agencies including the World Health Organization, the Institutes of Medicine, and the National Institutes of Health, on emerging zoonoses. Dr. Epstein’s work has been published in several leading scientific journals including Science, Nature, Cell and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences; and featured in various media including The New York Times, National Geographic, on 60 Minutes, NPR, and The Discovery Channel.