Dr. Yinda has a Bachelors and Masters degree in Biochemistry from the University of Buea, Cameroon. He obtained his PhD in Viral Metagenomics from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium. Currently, he is a Research Fellow at the Virus Ecology Section of the Rocky Mountains Laboratories, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health. He uses metagenomics and bioinformatics approaches to identify novel infectious diseases agents, and evaluation of the cross-species transmission, pathogenesis, and outbreak potential of newly identified infectious agents. Over the years Dr. Yinda has developed expertise in next generation sequencing (NGS) and quantitative virome analysis, which have earned him over 45 peer reviewed papers in highly ranked journals such as Nature, Nature Communications, eLife, PLoS Pathogens, and Emerging Infectious Diseases.