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


  • Andrew Read can speak about the newest sublineages of the COVID-19 Omicron variant, including XBB, BQ.1.1 and BA.2.75.2.
  • Andrew Read can comment on various aspects of monkeypox virus and its evolution.
  • Andrew Read is available to comment on various aspects of SARS-CoV-2 mutation and evolution.
  • He can speak about the likelihood that SARS-CoV-2 could evolve resistance to the COVID-19 vaccines and what may be done to prevent such an outcome.
  • He can discuss the potential ramifications of imperfect vaccination coverage due to the failure of the vaccine to prevent transmission or of patients to get their second booster shots, for example.
  • He can comment on how new strains of the virus may affect vaccination strategies and effectiveness.

​Andrew Read is an expert on the ecology and evolutionary genetics of infectious diseases, investigating questions such as:

  • How do public and animal health programs affect pathogen evolution?
  • 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?

He 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

The Virus Won't Stop Evolving When the Vaccine Arrives

from The New York Times November 27, 2020

Vaccines won’t put an end to the evolution of this coronavirus. Instead, they could even drive new evolutionary change.

Could a vaccine that is safe and effective in initial trials go on to fail because the virus evolves its way out of trouble?

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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