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WHO Collaborating Centre

for Modelling, Evolution and Control of Emerging Infectious Diseases

Studying at Cambridge


Professor Derek Smith

Professor Derek Smith

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.

Departments and Institutes

Centre for Pathogen Evolution: