Professor of Infectious Disease Informatics, University of Cambridge
Derek Smith is Professor of Infectious Disease Informatics in the Zoology Department at Cambridge University in the UK. He is also a member of the Department of Virology at Erasmus Medical Center in The Netherlands, and is a Senior Research Fellow at the Fogarty International Center at the United States National Institutes of Health. He is director of the Center for Pathogen Evolution, and director of the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center for Modeling, Evolution, and Control of Emerging Infectious Diseases, both at Cambridge University. He is a member of the WHO influenza vaccine strain selection committee, and is also involved in vaccine strain selection for other human and non-human pathogens for the FAO and OIE. His 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. He received a United States National Institutes of Health Director's Pioneer Award in 2005 for his work on Antigenic Cartography, a method that enables detailed study of pathogen evolution.