Shahid Jameel is Director, Trivedi School of Biosciences since October 2020. He is a recipient of the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize in Medical Sciences for his work on human viruses and is also an elected Fellow of all three science academies in India. He was also a Rockefeller Foundation Biotechnology Career Fellow and a Wellcome Trust International Senior Research Fellow. Shahid obtained a Ph.D. in Biochemistry at Washington State University, USA, and did postdoctoral work was in Virology at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver, USA. In 1988 he set up the Virology Group at the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, New Delhi, India and led it for 25 years. His research at ICGEB on human viruses – hepatitis E, HIV/AIDS and SARS – focused on virology, immunology and pathogenesis, and contributed to vaccine development. In 2013, Shahid was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the DBT/Wellcome Trust India Alliance, a biomedical research charity, which he led towards excellence in research management, public engagement and science communication.