Peter Piot Peter Piot MD PhD is a physician and microbiologist known for his research on Ebola and AIDS. He helped discover the Ebola virus in 1976 and was part of the team that investigated the first ever recorded epidemic in Zaire that same year. Peter has contributed greatly to science’s understanding of HIV infection in Africa. He played a key role in ensuring access to life saving antiretroviral drugs in low- and middle-income countries while Executive Director of UNAIDS and Under Secretary General of the United Nations. Currently Peter is Director of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. He received numerous awards, was a 2014 TIME Person of the Year, and has authoured 17 books, including his memoir No Time to Lose, and over 600 scientific articles.