Our Translational Team was formed as a rapid response initiative within the College of Health Solutions at Arizona State University with the goal of directing our institution's response to COVID-19. Since our founding, we have sought to expand our research to emerging infectious diseases. We focus on five key areas: recognizing the emergence of new diseases, preparing for their potential impact, preventing their spread, responding effectively to outbreaks, and recovering from their aftermath. Our team brings together experts from various fields including virology, epidemiology, public health and emergency management to develop comprehensive strategies for combatting infectious diseases. Our goal is to stay ahead of the curve, ensuring the well-being of individuals and communities around the world.