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Julian Hiscox

Network Director

University of Liverpool, United Kingdom

Professor Julian Hiscox is Chair in Infection and Global Health at the University of Liverpool and Deputy Executive Dean of the Institute of Infection, Veterinary and Ecological Sciences.

Julian has a BSc in Genetics from University College London (1991) and a PhD in Virology from the University of Reading (1994). He completed post-doctoral training at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (USA) and the Institute for Animal Health (Compton, UK). In 1999 he was appointed as a Lecturer in Virology at the University of Reading and then moved to the University of Leeds in 2003 where he was subsequently a Senior Lecturer and Reader in Virology. In 2012 he was recruited to the University of Liverpool.

Julian currently leads a $6.6M US Food and Drug Administration funded international research program on the ‘Characterization of severe coronavirus infection in humans and model systems for medical countermeasure development and evaluation’. Julian has worked on coronaviruses and the closely related arteriviruses since starting his PhD on the porcine coronavirus transmissible gastroenteritis virus at the Institute for Animal Health (IAH). He has worked on severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV) and for the past three years, Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in Saudi Arabia. Because of his coronavirus experience he is a co-opted member of the New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (NERVTAG), an expert committee of the UK Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), which advises the Chief Medical Officer (CMO).

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