Michel completed his PhD in Epidemiology of Zoonotic Diseases from the University of Antwerp in Belgium in 2010. Before his PhD, he spent 4 years as a Research Associate at The International Trypanotolerance Centre (ITC) in The Gambia, where he investigated the epidemiology of Non-typhoidal Salmonella in humans and animals in The Gambia and Senegal. After he completed his PhD, he spent two years as a Post-Doctoral Scientist at the UK Medical Research Council Unit in The Gambia, where he coordinated laboratory components of several multi-country projects which focused on determining the etiology of severe pneumonia and diarrhea in children under 5 years old. Dr Dione joined ILRI Animal and Human Health Program in 2012. There, he is focused on assessing animal health constraints through field surveys, participatory methods and biological sampling; as well as field testing of interventions that aim at controlling infectious diseases in animals and humans, for improved health in East and West Africa. He is also involved in research on food safety and capacity building of livestock value chain actors actors, delivery of animals health services, neglected zoonoses and antimicrobial resistance associated with drug use in livestock.