Andrew Read

Andrew Read

Director, Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences; Evan Pugh University Professor of biology and entomology; Eberly Professor in biotechnology, Penn State University

Andrew Read's research group investigates drug and insecticide resistance as well as the evolution of virulence, infectiousness, and vaccine escape. He is particularly interested in the question of how best to treat patients so as to minimize resistance evolution. Originally from New Zealand, Read did a D. Phil. in evolutionary biology at the University of Oxford. He held various fellowships at Oxford and then at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, before becoming chair of natural history there, a professorship established in 1767. He has taught ecology, evolution, microbiology, and statistics. He has authored more than 250 peer-reviewed publications, 30 book chapters and four edited volumes, and been elected to fellowships from the Royal Society of Edinburgh; the Institute of Advanced Studies, Berlin; the AAAS; the American Academy of Microbiology; the Royal Society; and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He also worked as a science journalist for several weeks in 2003 as a British Science Association Media Fellow, writing for the Irish Times in Dublin ( In 2007, he moved to the Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics at Penn State.