Professor Richard Webby

Professor Richard Webby

International Advisory Group

Professor Richard Webby obtained his PhD from the University of Otago, Dunedin. He then moved to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, USA for a postdoctoral fellowship under the guidance of Robert Webster, a pioneer in the area of zoonotic influenza.

Richard moved up the ranks at St Jude and he is now a Professor in the Department of Infectious Diseases. He also directs the World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Studies on the Ecology of Influenza and a US NIH-funded Center of Excellence in Influenza Research and Surveillance.

Richard’s research interests focus on understanding the factors that govern interspecies transmission of influenza viruses and developing counter measures. This work involves combining field studies in both animal and human populations with laboratory activities with a focus on emerging influenza threats.

Professor Richard Webby