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Chris Dye

Visiting Professor of Zoology and Visiting Fellow, All Souls College, University of Oxford, United Kingdom

Chris Dye began professional life as a biologist and ecologist, having graduated from the Universities of York (BA 1978) and Oxford (DPhil 1982). After developing an interest in infectious diseases as a postdoc at Imperial College London, he moved to the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine to bring his research closer to public health. From a base at LSHTM he spent 12 years working on the epidemiology of leishmaniasis, malaria, rabies and other infectious diseases in Africa, Asia and South America.

In 1996, he joined the World Health Organization where he developed methods for understanding the dynamics and devising control methods for a wide range of pathogens, including tuberculosis and Ebola and Zika viruses. As Director of Strategy 2014-18, he served as science advisor to the Director General, oversaw the production and dissemination of health information by WHO press and libraries, and coordinated WHO’s work on health and the Sustainable Development Goals.

From 2006-09, he was also 35th Gresham Professor of Physic (and other biological sciences), giving public lectures in the City of London in a tradition that began in 1597. He is currently Visiting Professor of Zoology and Visiting Fellow at All Souls College, University of Oxford, where he works on prevention in public health and on the translation of science into health policy. He is a Fellow of The UK Royal Society and of the UK Academy of Medical Sciences.

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