Professor Jonathan Ball is a Professor of molecular virology at the University of Nottingham. His research relates to emerging viruses, viral vaccines and treatments, and blood-borne infections. He is also Director of the Centre for Global Virus Research at the University of Nottingham. Professor Ball has been a keen science communicator and media commentator since undertaking a British Science Association (BSA) Media Fellowship with BBC News Online. He is a regular contributor to the BBC World Service programmes Science in Action and CrowdScience.