PROFESSOR & DIRECTOR, UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA EMERGING PATHOGENS INSTITUTE, GAINESVILLE
The Emerging Pathogens Institute is a free-standing research institute at the University of Florida with a focus on understanding new and emerging micro-organisms that pose a threat to people, animals and plants. Established in 2007, EPI has more than 200 affiliated faculty, with its own specialized research facility. Morris has served as director since the institute was founded.
|EDUCATION||Rice University (BA), Tulane University School of Medicine (MS, MPH/TM)|
|SOMETHING SURPRISING||I grew up in Bangkok, the son of missionary parents. I saw the immediate impact of epidemics of cholera, dengue and other “emerging” diseases, observations which were a major driver for my career and for the work I do today.|
|ALTERNATE CAREER?||If I hadn’t become a physician and scientist, I probably would be teaching ancient Chinese history (one of my college majors).|