Christian Gortazar is veterinary graduate and doctor by the University of Zaragoza. Between 1990 and 1997 he began his research activity as a freelance consultant and as head of R&D at the Ebronatura consultancy. In 1999 he obtains a place of Associate Professor in the Instituto de Investigación en Recursos Cinegéticos (IREC – CSIC, UCLM, JCCM), being director of the same between 2004 and 2008. Since 2003 he is responsible for the Animal Health Unit, currently Research Group in Health and Biotechnology (SaBio).
His research activity combines tools of ecology, veterinary sciences and biotechnology. This includes viral, bacterial and parasitic diseases with an emphasis on the control of problems shared between wildlife, domestic animals and mansuch as tuberculosis or vector-borne infections.
Been head of livestock and aquaculture at the National Evaluation and Prospective Agency (ANEP) In the period 2006 to 2008, he has presided over the European section of the Wildlife Disease Association (2012-2014), and is editor in chief Journal European Journal of Wildlife Research. Participates since 2015 in the Animal Health and Welfare (AHAW) Panel of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), where he currently coordinates the working group on African swine fever.