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Professor Abdelmalik I. Khalafalla obtained his PhD from the University of Khartoum, Sudan in 1997, and received post-doctoral training as a veterinary virologist at the Federal Research Center for Virus Diseases of Animals in Tuebingen, Germany, April 2001-January 2003. He is currently a microbiology specialist at Department of Veterinary laboratories, Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority, UAE, where he is currently leading a research team that investigate viruses of camels, including MERS-CoV. He is also involved in laboratory diagnosis of virus infections in farm animals in UAE. He published over 90 research articles, reviews and book chapters. He was the head of the Microbiology Department, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Khartoum in 2004 and the Director of the Camel Research Center in 2007. He served as the president of the International Society for Camelid Research and Development (ISOCARD) from 2012 to 2015. Dr. Khalafalla is a laboratory expert on viruses affecting dromedary camels and serves as a consultant on camelid diseases for the World Animal Health Organization (OIE). He is a member of national and international professional societies and serves on the editorial board of some scientific journals, as well as being an invited reviewer for many journals from related fields. He is an external scientific reviewer for national and international organizations and serves as a scientific consultant for camel diseases and development