Dr. Gisselle N Medina is a senior scientist and works as a molecular biologist for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) at the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF), Agricultural Research Service (ARS) at Plum Island Animal Disease Center (PIADC) and Manhattan, Kansas. She earned a BS in Biology from the State of New York New Paltz University and a PhD in Molecular Genetics and Microbiology at Stony Brook University. Her doctorate work contributed to the understanding of trafficking and virus assembly of diverse retroviruses including Human Immunodeficient Virus (HIV) and Rous Sarcoma Virus (RSV). Her postdoctoral work at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) continued to explore the relationship of the host cellular proteins hijacked during viral assembly and egress. Her research at PIADC has focused in exploring the molecular mechanisms of virulence from different viruses that affect animal health. In addition, her research is focused in identifying novel viral strategies that suppress the host antiviral responses. She is the author of multiple peer-reviewed papers targeted to understand virulence factors encoded within the genome of one of the most contagious viral pathogens of cloven hoofed animals: foot-and-mouth disease virus (FMDV). Her work has been included in the development of biotherapeutics and live attenuated vaccine (LAV) candidates to control foreign animal diseases.