Dr. Douglas P. Gladue is a senior scientist for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) at the Foreign Animal Disease Research Unit (FADRU), Agricultural Research Service (ARS) at Plum Island Animal Disease Center (PIADC). Starting in 2007 at PIADC, a BSL-3 laboratory he focused his studies on foreign viral diseases that can affect livestock. Specifically the molecular mechanisms of viral pathogenesis and virus-host protein interactions and applied these discoveries to the design of rational vaccines for controlling and preventing these diseases. He has published over 43 research articles in peer-reviewed literature on both RNA and DNA viruses including classical swine fever virus (CSFV), foot-and-mouth disease virus (FMDV), African swine fever virus (ASFV), parapoxviruses and arboviruses. Dr. Gladue holds several patents for vaccines against livestock diseases and given over 30 research presentations at both national and international scientific conferences. He has a strong multidisciplinary background in agricultural diseases, molecular microbiology, genetics, vaccinology, bioinformatics, disease modeling, and biosafety. Dr. Gladue has experience in reverse-genetic engineering and in genetically introducing genome modifications. He has served on a wide variety of editorial and review boards for scientific journals, government agencies, and multiple advisory committees for livestock diseases, currently holding a position as a journal editor for Scientific Reports, PlosOne and Frontiers Virology. Dr. Gladue has received funding from the National Pork Board, and Department of Homeland Security for livestock vaccine research. He earned a B.S in Microbiology from the University of Rhode Island and a Ph.D. from Stony Brook University for Molecular Genetics and Microbiology.