The Global Alliance for Pandemic Prevention (GAPP) is a public health initiative designed to detect, contain, and respond to infectious diseases that threaten human health, wildlife, and food security.

GAPP will establish sustainable infrastructure for microbial discovery, surveillance, diagnostics, and response through capacity building and the pursuit of research questions that focus on causes of unexplained febrile illnesses and cross-species transmission of infectious diseases. We will introduce inexpensive methods for detection of viral and bacterial footprints that will enable rapid in-country identification and characterization of known and novel infectious threats. We will also provide the infrastructure needed to optimize, validate and deploy diagnostic tests, drugs, and vaccines.

Over a period of ten years, we will build a community of public health thought leaders, laboratory and data scientists, and epidemiologists who are committed to working together internationally to build a comprehensive, evidence-based system for pandemic risk reduction.

Who We Are

W. Ian Lipkin, MD
GAPP Director
J. Kenneth Wickiser, PhD
GAPP Administrative Director
Xiang-Jun Lu, PhD
Associate Research Scientist
Pryanka Sharma, MS
GAPP Project Coordinator


Online didactic training in basic and applied microbiology, epidemiology, bioinformatics and bioethics for up to 300 investigators and support staff.

In-person laboratory training in basic and applied microbiology for up to 100 investigators.

Secure cloud-based system for data processing and analysis, sharing sequence data and expertise, and communication.

Equipment and supplies required for standing up laboratories in the developing world.

Demonstration projects that establish the power of the network

About the GAPP Network

Our regional leaders have a long track record of collaborative research with GAPP's project leaders in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Columbia University. GAPP builds on more than 20 years of collaborative work under the auspices of the NIH, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), and USAID PREDICT program for pandemic prevention. Additionally, GAPP links to complementary programs in Africa, Asia, and the Americas, as well as global health initiatives at Columbia University (ICAP and the CII of the Mailman School of Public Health), the World Health Organization (WHO), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). These links will be invaluable as the program expands to include new partners. The CII also has a track record of research and development with industrial partners including with the caveat that products of collaborations are provided at reduced cost for public health applications.