Christopher Dye

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Christopher Dye
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Born (1956-04-15) 15 April 1956 (age 62)
Belfast, Northern Ireland
Citizenship British, Irish
Alma mater University of York
University of Oxford
Awards Fellow of the Royal Society[1]
Scientific career
Fields Epidemiology
Public Health

Christopher Dye FRS,[1] FMedSci (born 15 April 1956) is a British biologist, epidemiologist and public health specialist who has held positions at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, the World Health Organization, Gresham College London and the University of Oxford.


Dye began his professional life as an ecologist in the UK, having been awarded degrees in biology from the University of York and zoology from the University of Oxford. After developing an interest in infectious diseases at Imperial College London, he moved to the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine to bring his research closer to public health. He was head of the School's Vector Biology and Epidemiology Unit until 1996, carrying out research on leishmaniasis, malaria, rabies and other infectious and zoonotic diseases in Africa, Asia and South America.

In 1996, he joined the World Health Organization where he has developed methods for using national surveillance and survey data to study the large-scale dynamics and control of tuberculosis (TB) and other communicable diseases. As Director of Strategy in the Office of the Director General between 2014 and 2018, he worked with governments and other agencies to strengthen WHO's scientific work and to translate science into health policy. From 2006–2009, he was also Professor of Physic at Gresham College, 35th in a lineage of professors that have been giving public lectures in the City of London since 1597. He is Epidemiology Advisor to the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (as 戴诗磊), a Visiting Professor of Zoology at the University of Oxford,[2] a member (trustee) of University of York Council,[3] and a member of the Board of Reviewing Editors for the journal Science.

Honours and awards[edit]

Dye is a Fellow of The Royal Society,[4] the Royal Society of Biology[5] and the UK Academy of Medical Sciences.[6]

Selected publications[edit]

  • Dye, C; Williams, BG (2009). "Slow Elimination of Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis". Science Translational Medicine. 1 (3): 3ra8. doi:10.1126/scitranslmed.3000346. PMID 20368167.
  • Granich, RM; Gilks, CF; Dye, C; De Cock, KM; Williams, BG (2009). "Universal voluntary HIV testing with immediate antiretroviral therapy as a strategy for elimination of HIV transmission: A mathematical model". The Lancet. 373 (9657): 48–57. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(08)61697-9. PMID 19038438.
  • Global Tuberculosis Control: Surveillance, Planning, Financing. World Health Organization, 12 volumes 1997-2008.[7]
  • Dye, C; Williams, BG (2010). "The Population Dynamics and Control of Tuberculosis". Science. 328 (5980): 856–861. doi:10.1126/science.1185449. PMID 20466923.
  • Dye, C (2012). "National and international policies to mitigate disease threats". Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. 367 (1604): 2893–2900. doi:10.1098/rstb.2011.0373. PMC 3427563. PMID 22966144.
  • Dye, C; Glaziou, P; Floyd, K; Raviglione, M (2012). "Prospects for Tuberculosis Elimination". Annual Review of Public Health. 34: 121217115642006. doi:10.1146/annurev-publhealth-031912-114431.
  • World Health Organization (2013). Research for Universal Health Coverage. The World Health Report 2013.[8]
  • Dye, C (2014). "After 2015: Infectious diseases in a new era of health and development". Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. 369 (1645): 20130426. doi:10.1098/rstb.2013.0426. PMC 4024220. PMID 24821913.
  • WHO Ebola Response Team (2014) "Ebola Virus Disease in West Africa — the First 9 Months of the Epidemic and Forward Projections". New England Journal of Medicine. 371 (16): 140922210513002. doi:10.1056/NEJMoa1411100. PMC 4235004. PMID 25244186.
  • Dye, C (2015) The Population Biology of Tuberculosis. Princeton University Press ( Chinese edition 结核病种群生物学 published in 2017.
  • Broutet, N; Krauer, F; Riesen, M; Khalakdina, A; Almiron, M; Aldighieri, S; Espinal, M; Low, N; Dye, C (2016). "Zika Virus as a Cause of Neurologic Disorders". New England Journal of Medicine. 374: 1506–9. doi:10.1056/NEJMp1602708. PMID 26959308.
  • WHO Ebola Response Team (2016) "After Ebola in West Africa — Unpredictable Risks, Preventable Epidemics". New England Journal of Medicine. 375: 587–596. doi:10.1056/NEJMsr1513109. PMID 27509108.
  • de Oliveira, WK; Carmo, EH; Henriques, CM; Coelho, G; Vazquez, E; Cortez-Escalante, J; Molina, J; Aldighieri, S; Espinal, ME; Dye, C (2017). "Zika Virus Infection and Associated Neurologic Disorders in Brazil". New England Journal of Medicine. 376: 1591–1593. doi:10.1056/NEJMc1608612. PMID 28402236.

Further articles are listed by PubMed[9] and Google Scholar[10]

Science discussions and lectures have been broadcast by the BBC,[11] Gresham College,[12] YouTube,[13] the British Academy,[14] the Royal Society,[15] the AAAS,[16] and National Academy of Medicine[17]


  1. ^ a b "Royal Society".
  2. ^ "Department of Zoology". Retrieved 2018-03-23.
  3. ^ "University of York Council". Retrieved 2018-03-23.
  4. ^ "The Royal Society".
  5. ^ "Royal Society of Biology".
  6. ^ "Academy of Medical Sciences".
  7. ^ "Tuberculosis". Retrieved 2010-05-13.
  8. ^ "World Health Report". Retrieved 2013-08-15.
  9. ^ "PubMed – Author's Articles". Retrieved 2010-05-13.
  10. ^ "Google Scholar Citations".
  11. ^ "BBC In Our Time". Retrieved 2010-06-06.
  12. ^ "Gresham College". Retrieved 2010-05-13.
  13. ^ "YouTube". Retrieved 2010-06-06.
  14. ^ "Emerging Powers Going Global". Retrieved 2013-11-05.
  15. ^ "Videos on". Retrieved 2013-09-25.
  16. ^ "American Association for the Advancement of Science". AAAS. Retrieved 2016-03-26.
  17. ^ "National Academy of Medicine". NAM. Retrieved 2018-01-10.