Paul Young is Professor of Virology and Head of the School of Chemistry & Molecular Biosciences at The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. He gained his PhD from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine in 1986 and returned to Australia in 1989 to join the University of Queensland. His laboratory’s broad research agenda is aimed at understanding the molecular basis of virus induced disease, developing new and improved diagnostics as well as vaccine and therapeutic control strategies for a number of viral pathogens of both human and animal origin. Prof Young’s group is currently progressing a candidate COVID-19 vaccine through preclinical studies with clinical trials beginning in July 2020. Prof Young is the Chair of the Virology Division of the International Union of Microbiological Societies and has been the President of the Australian Society for Microbiology (2012-2014), the Australasian Virology Society (2001-2011) and the Asia-Pacific Society for Medical Virology (2012-2015).