Professor Roy Anderson is Head of the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at Imperial College, Faculty of Medicine, University of London, and Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology. He previously served as Director of the Wellcome Trust Centre for Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Linacre Professorship at the University of Oxford.
For 30 years, Professor Anderson’s primary research focus has been the development and application of a theoretical framework for the study of the transmission, evolution, and control of infectious disease agents. He is widely regarded as a leading infectious disease epidemiologist, creating a scientific framework that has broad applicability in the fight against infection and associated disease in a wide variety of settings. His research is characterized by an interdisciplinary approach that melds theory, observation, experiment, and parameter estimation.
His early contributions were summarized in an often-cited book, co-authored with Robert May, which is used as the standard teaching text in infectious disease epidemiology. Professor Anderson has published over 400 scientific papers, 40 of which appeared in the journals Nature and Science.
He has held a series of distinguished visiting professorships, including the Alexander Longmuir Professorship at Harvard. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society and a Foreign Associate Member of the Institute of Medicine at the U.S. National Academy of Sciences; and has served on a wide variety of international advisory and policy committees.