Christopher Dye

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Christopher Dye
Born (1956-04-15) 15 April 1956 (age 67)
CitizenshipBritish, Irish, French
Alma materUniversity of York
University of Oxford
AwardsFellow of the Royal Society[1]
Scientific career
Public Health

Christopher Dye FRS,[1] FMedSci (born 15 April 1956) is a biologist, epidemiologist and public health specialist. He is Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Oxford and formerly Director of Strategy at the World Health Organization.


Chris Dye trained as a biologist and ecologist (BA University of York) but postgraduate research on mosquitoes (DPhil University of Oxford) led towards epidemiology and public health. Based at Imperial College and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine from 1982–96, he studied bloodsucking insects as vectors of leishmaniasis, malaria and onchocerciasis in Africa, Asia and South America, and domestic and wild animals as reservoirs of human infection and disease.

Joining the World Health Organization in 1996, he developed ways of analyzing the vast quantities of routine surveillance data (big data) collected by government health departments worldwide ─ extracting signal from noise to devise better methods for understanding and controlling tuberculosis, malaria, and Ebola and Zika viruses. From 2006-09, he was also Gresham Professor of Physic (and other biological sciences), 35th in a lineage of professors that have given public lectures in the City of London since 1597.

As WHO Director of Strategy 2014-18, he served as science advisor to the Director General, oversaw the production and dissemination of health information by WHO press and libraries, and coordinated WHO’s work on health and the Sustainable Development Goals. He is currently Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Oxford, where his research focuses on how choices and decisions are made for public and personal health. He has been Epidemiology Advisor to the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (as 戴诗磊), Gresham Professor of Physic, a member (trustee) of Council of The Royal Society and the University of York, a Visiting Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford and the Oxford Martin School, 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,[2] the Royal Society of Biology[3] and the UK Academy of Medical Sciences.[4]

Selected publications[edit]

Further articles are listed by PubMed[6] and Google Scholar.[7] Science discussions and lectures have been broadcast by the BBC, Gresham College, YouTube, the British Academy, The Royal Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Academy of Medicine.


  1. ^ a b "Royal Society".
  2. ^ "The Royal Society".
  3. ^ "Royal Society of Biology". Archived from the original on 26 August 2015. Retrieved 25 August 2015.
  4. ^ "Academy of Medical Sciences".
  5. ^ "World Health Report". Retrieved 15 August 2013.
  6. ^ "PubMed – Author's Articles". Retrieved 13 May 2010.
  7. ^ "Google Scholar Citations".