Nelson L. Michael, M.D., Ph.D serves as Director, Military HIV Research Program (MHRP) at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR), an HIV vaccine research program that successfully integrates HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment. A Colonel in the United States Army, he is also the WRAIR Deputy Commander. Dr. Michael guided MHRP through the completion of the RV144 HIV vaccine study which demonstrated that a preventive HIV vaccine was possible. Dr. Michael's research interests include HIV molecular pathogenesis, host genetics, and HIV/Ebola/MERS Co-V and ZIKV vaccine development. He is a Professor of Medicine, Uniformed Services University and has coauthored more than 300 publications. Dr. Michael graduated summa cum laude from University of California, Los Angeles in 1979 with a degree in biology and from Stanford University with M.D. and Ph.D. (cancer biology) degrees in 1986. He trained in internal medicine at Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital from 1986-1989.