Born in New Orleans and raised in New York State, Dr. Gregory Engel completed his undergraduate studies in Biology and government at Cornell University, graduating summa cum laude. He earned his MD at Yale University, writing his medical thesis on the epidemiology of guinea worm disease (dracunculiasis). He received his residency training in Family Medicine at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, and his MPH with a concentration in epidemiology from the same institution. Since 2002 he has been in academic practice at the Swedish Cherry Hill Family Medicine residency in Seattle, Washington. His interest in cross-species disease transmission between humans and nonhuman primates dates to 1999. A clinical associate professor at the University of Washington, his current research focuses on bidirectional disease transmission between humans and primates and the creation of sustainable paradigms for human-primate commensalism.