October 29, 2014
co-sponsored with the College of Veterinary Medicine’s Ramsey Lecture Series
“Influenza: Tracking a Moving Target in a Rapidly Changing World”
Nancy Cox, PhD
Director, Influenza Division
Nancy J. Cox, PhD, is director of the Influenza Division at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and director of CDC’s World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology and Control of Influenza. She received a bachelor’s degree in bacteriology from Iowa State University in 1970. Dr. Cox was awarded a Marshall Scholarship to study in England at the University of Cambridge, where in 1975 she earned a doctoral degree in virology.
Dr. Cox began her career as a postdoctoral fellow, first at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and subsequently, at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where she continued her work on influenza. She was selected as the chief of the Molecular Genetics Section of the Influenza Branch in 1983, chief of the Influenza Branch in 1992 and as director of the Influenza Division in 2006. She serves as a regular WHO temporary advisor for vaccine strain selection and many other influenza-related topics, including expansion of WHO’s global influenza network and expansion of its research agenda. As a member of WHO’s Strategic Advisory Group, she contributes to the development of policy related to vaccines and immunization.