Contact Information
AddressInstitute of Microbiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Building 3, No 1. Beichen West Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100101, ChinaFu GAO
Phone+86-10-64807688/+86-10-64807882
Emailgaof@im.ac.cn
Contact in UMOffice: E12-3032
Tel: (853)8822 4934
Email: GeorgeFgao@umac.mo
Education
DPhilOxford University, United Kingdom
M.Sc.Beijing Agricultural University, China
B.Sc, DVMShanxi Agricultural University, China
Positions
2016 – presentAdjunct Chair Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Macau
2015 – presentDean, Savaid Medical School, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS)
2011 – presentDeputy Director-General, Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention
2008- present-Vice-President, Beijing Institutes of Life Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS);

-Professor, Institute of Microbiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences;

-Director, CAS Key Laboratory of Pathogenic Microbiology and Immunology, IMCAS

2004 – 2008Professor, Director-General, Institute of Microbiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (IMCAS)
2001 – 2006Research Lecturer, Nuffield Dept. of Clinical Medicine, Oxford University
1999 – 2001Welcome Trust (UK) International Research Fellow, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Children’s Hospital; Dept. of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, Harvard Medical School; and Dept. of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Harvard University (Drs Don C Wiley and Stephen C Harrison lab)
1998 – 1999Research Associate (Band 3), MRC Human Immunology Unit, Institute of Molecular Medicine, University of Oxford
1995 – 1998Welcome Trust/MRC Postdoctoral Research Assistant (RS1A), Nuffield Dept. of Clinical Medicine,

Institute of Molecular Medicine, Oxford University, Drs John Bell, Andrew McMichael and Bent Jakobsen lab.

(Three months of academic visit as a postdoc fellow at Dept. of Clinical Neurosciences, Dr Robert Bell lab, The University of Calgary, Canada, in the end of 1994, before taking up the Oxford postdoc position)

1987 – 1991Teaching Assistant and Lecturer (Virology), College of Vet. Med., Beijing Agricultural University (BAU), P.R. China
Research Interests

Professor Gao’s research focuses on the “host jump” or interspecies transmission of the emerging zoonotic pathogens, such as avian flu, Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) and Ebola. Based on his long-term interests in influenza neuraminidase (NA) inhibitors and drug-resistance, His group have developed a novel strategy for influenza virus NA inhibitors. He has also done a great deal of the work underlying the immune cell molecular recognition mechanism, some of which are milestone work for immune recognition and response. The work on the related field includes:

Molecular basis of host “jump” or interspecies transmission of zoonotic pathogens and enveloped virus entry/release, including influenza virus, measles virus and Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) etc., which provide insights into vaccine and therapeutic agent development. Representative publications include: Nature, Science, Nature Structural and Molecular Biology, Nature Communications, Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences USA, Cell Host and Microbe, EMBO Journal, Journal of Virology etc.

Discovery of emerging pathogens, new pathogen-infected hosts and new forms of infectious diseases and molecular epidemiology etc. Representative publications include: Science, Lancet, PLoS Medicine, PLoS Pathogens, New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of Virology, Emerging Infectious Diseases, Molecular Microbiology etc.

Molecular basis of T/NK cell immune recognition, which leads to new therapeutic ideas to develop. Representative publications include: Nature, Immunity, Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences USA, The Lancet, Cell Host and Microbe, Journal of Infectious Diseases, Journal of Immunology, Journal of Virology etc. In this field he has also developed a new ELISPOT-based TB diagnostic kit, now widely used in China.

During the 2013-2015 Ebola outbreak in West Africa, Gao led the China Mobile Laboratory Testing Team in Sierra Leone in the fight against Ebola.  He spent two months there (September to November 2014), at a time when the outbreak was at its peak.  He not only led the team for field work (both diagnostic lab work and holding/treatment center), but also played a key role for communicating and coordinating with government officials, international aid organizations, as well as local communities.

Awards and Honors
  • HLHL Foundation for Scientific and Technological Advancement (2015);
  • National Prize for Progress in Science and Technology, P. R. China (2011 and 2014);
  • Outstanding Science and Technology Achievement Prize of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (2014);
  • Tan Jiazhen (C. C. Tan) Grand Achievement Prize (2014) and Life Science Innovation Award (2008);
  • (Japan) Nikkei Asia Prize (2014);
  • Science and Technology Innovation Talent-CCTV Grand Ceremony for Science and Technology (2013) (Top 10 Scientists in 2013);
  • SEBM Distinguished Scientist Award (Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine, USA) (2013);
  • TWAS (The Third World Academy of Sciences) Prize (Medical Sciences) (2012);
  • Beijing Scientific and Technological Award (2011);
  • Scientific and Technological Award-Chinese Preventive Medicine Association (2011);
  • Scientific and Technological Award-Chinese Medical Association (2011);
  • Thompson Reuters Research Front Award (2008);
  • New century candidate of the national project “Hundred-Thousand-Talents” (Awarded by Ministry of Personnel of the People’s Republic of China) (2006);
  • National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) “Distinguished Young Investigator” (2005);
  • Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) “Hundred-Talent Project” (2004);
  • Young Scientist Award-China Association for Science and Technology (1988)
Professional Title and Memberships
  • Member (academician), Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • Fellow, The Third World Academy of Sciences (TWAS)
  • Fellow, American Academy of Microbiology (AAM)
  • Member, European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO)
  • President, Chinese Society for Virology
  • Vice President, Chinese Medical Association
  • Steering Committee Member, International Consortium of Antivirals
  • Visiting Professor, Oxford University
  • Visiting Professor, China Agriculture University
  • Guest Professor, Wuhan University
  • Vice-president and Visiting Professor, Academic Committee, Department of Infectious Disease, Capital University of Medical Sciences, Beijing
  • Chairman, Asian Consortium for the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Microbial Resources (ACM)
  • Executive Councilor, China Preventive Medicine Association
  • Executive vice-President, Chinese Society for Biotechnology
  • Executive Councilor, Chinese Society for Immunology
  • Editorial Board: Journal of General Virology (UK-SGM), Experimental Biology and Medicine, Vector-borne and Zoonotic Diseases, Zoonoses and Public Health, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B:Biological Sciences, Antiviral Research, Protein and Cell (Deputy Editor-in-Chief), Emerging Microbes and Infections, Chinese Science Bulletin (in Chinese), Chinese Journal of Biotechnology (in Chinese), Journal of Microbes and Infection etc.
Leadership and Management
Professor Gao is Member of Chinese Academy of Science, Fellow of The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), Fellow of American Academy of Microbiology (AAM), Director and Professor in CAS Key Laboratory of Pathogenic Microbiology and Immunology, Institute of Microbiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences. He is also the Vice-President of Beijing Institutes of Life Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and Deputy Director-General of Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (China CDC), Dean of the UCAS Cunji School of Medicine.

He directed the Institute of Microbiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences and is the founding director for the Tianjin Institute of Industrial Biotechnology, CAS; A China-Japan joint lab was established during his director-general term in 2006 in the Institute of Microbiology, CAS; He is currently the deputy director-general of China CDC for research and lab management; He is directing the building-up of newly-established medical school at University of Chinese Academy of Sciences; He was the head for the China Mobile Test Lab in Sierra Leonne during China CDC’s mission fighting against Ebola between September and November, in 2014.