For those of you interested in infectious diseases, especially tropical infectious diseases, a name commonly tossed around in the lab is CJ Peters. A nice article on his achievements was posted today and well worth the read. For those who don’t know of him, CJ is commonly associated with the Ebola Reston outbreak in Virginia as well as his varied travel around the world hunting for some of the most dangerous viral pathogens known to man. CJ is joined by a number of other famous virologists (Karl Johnson, Patricia Webb, Bob Shoppe, Bob Tesh, Tom Kasizek, Peter Jahlring, Fred Murphy, and many others I could name off the top of my head) who pushed virology into the 21st century from the field. As someone who was a student under CJ (and a few others named above) I appreciate all that these scientists did and do for the field and encourage those interested in tropical medicine to follow in their footsteps. As an alumni of UTMB with experience working in a BSL4 as well as in the field in South America I am happy to answer any questions you may have or at least point you towards an expert who can.