C. J. Peters, MD, author of Virus Hunter, is a professor in the department of microbiology & immunology and pathology at the University of Texas Medical Branch. Peters has worked with infectious diseases for three decades with the CDC, the U.S. Army, and the U.S. Public Health Service. He is the former chief of special pathogens at the CDC in Atlanta. He was formerly the chief of the Disease Assessment Division at the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID), which established "The C. J. Peters Award" in his honor. The Award says, in part, "In the inception and granting of this award, we honor Colonel C. J. Peters, Medical Corps, a brilliant and innovative scientist, scholar and physician ... whose work is a lesson not only in science, but in humanity." Working for the CDC, the U.S. Army, and the U.S. Public Service, Peters has traveled extensively in South America and Africa during his work on viral outbreaks. In the United States he headed the unit that contained the Ebola outbreak in Reston, Va., and was a key member of the team that tracked down the hantavirus causing the mysterious deaths in rural New Mexico.