Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre
Head of the Centre for Pathogen Evolution
Derek Smith’s research is focused on how pathogens evolve, to what extent this evolution is predictable, and determining public and animal health measures against such ever-changing pathogens. Derek is also a member of the Department of Virology at Erasmus Medical Centre in The Netherlands, and is a Senior Research Fellow at the Fogarty International Center at the United States National Institutes of Health. He is a member of the World Health Organization influenza vaccine strain selection committee, and is also involved in vaccine strain selection for other human and non-human pathogens.