Dr. Algaissi has a MS in virology from the New York Medical College in NY and a PhD also in virology from the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) at Galveston, Texas and an MPH in epidemiology of infectious diseases from the same university. During his PhD, he worked on the pathogenesis and vaccine development for emerging coronaviruses MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV at the high containment laboratory at the Galveston National Laboratory in UTMB. His research interest includes the epidemiology, pathogenesis and development of medical countermeasures for emerging and reemerging infectious disease. Currently, Dr. Algaissi is an assistant professor of Virology at Jazan University in Saudi Arabia. He is currently also involved in multiple research projects regarding pathogenesis and therapeutics development for SARS-CoV-2 (the causative agent of COVID-19).