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Alan Barrett

Director, Sealy Institute of Vaccine Sciences and Professor, University of Texas Medical Branch

Dr. Barrett is Director of the Sealy Institute of Vaccine Sciences, Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Vaccine Research, Evaluation and Training for Emerging Infectious Diseases, and Professor in the Departments of Pathology, and Microbiology & Immunology at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) at Galveston. He obtained his BSc, MSc and PhD from the University of Warwick (1975-1983) and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Subsequently, he was an academic at the University of Surrey (1985-1993). In 1993 he moved to UTMB. He became Director of the UTMB Sealy Center for Vaccine Development (SCVD) in January 2008. The SCVD was re-designated Institute status, as the Sealy Institute for Vaccine Sciences, in December 2017 with the approval of University of Texas system, and became the fourth Institute at UTMB. He was elected Fellow of the International Society for Vaccines in 2014 and Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology in 2016. Dr. Barrett's research interests are the molecular basis of pathogenesis and vaccine development of flaviviruses (dengue, Japanese encephalitis, West Nile, tick-borne encephalitis, yellow fever, and Zika). His research has resulted in him authoring more than 300 papers, reviews and book chapters. He is Founding Editor-in-Chief of npj Vaccines (2015-present).  Finally, he has co-edited three books, including Vaccines for Biodefense and Emerging and Neglected Diseases with Larry Stanberry in 2008; and in 2015 he co-edited, with Gregg Milligan, the first student textbook on vaccines, entitled Vaccinology: An Essential Guide.

ISV Fellow of the Month
United States