Andrew Read


Director, Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences,
Evan Pugh Professor of Biology and Entomology


  • Health & Medicine

Focus Areas:

  • Drug Resistance
  • Genetics
  • Infectious Disease
  • Pathobiology


  • How does host resistance affect pathogen evolution?
  • Will vaccination and chemotherapy prompt the evolution of more virulent pathogens?
  • Can we make evolution-proof drugs, vaccines and insecticides?
  • How should we use drugs to treat patients when drug treatment leads to resistance?
  • How do public and animal health programs affect pathogen evolution (particularly the evolution of virulence)?

​Andrew Read is an expert on the ecology and evolutionary genetics of infectious disease, particularly the evolution of pathogen related issues that may harm human health, such as antibiotic and vaccine resistance. He explores how public and animal health programs and host resistance affect pathogen evolution; the effects of vaccination and chemotherapy; and is looking for ways to avoid creation of antibiotic-resistant pathogens.

Read is a fellow of the Royal Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Academy of Microbiology.

In The Media

Anti-Vaccine Activists Have Taken Vaccine Science Hostage

from The New York Times August 4, 2018

"Scientists’ perception of public irrationality is having an impact on our ability to rationally discuss things that deserve discussion.”-Andrew Read

Vaccines Are Pushing Pathogens to Evolve

from Quanta Magazine June 10, 2018

Is Malaria's Peculiar Odor Key to Its Conquest?

from Scientific American May 14, 2018

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