Title: Director of the School of Public Health
Work: The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
Professor Malik Peiris is currently Chair in Virology, Director of the School of Public Health and co-Director of the H5 WHO reference laboratory at The University of Hong Kong. His current research presently focuses on the virology, ecology, pathogenesis and epidemiology of animal and human influenza and other respiratory viral infections. He has a particular interest in emerging viral infections and in virus infections at the animal-human interface.
In 2003, he played a key role in the discovery that a novel coronavirus was the cause of SARS, developing diagnostics and elucidating the clinical virology of that disease. In collaboration with his colleagues at the School of Public Health, his research has elucidated the emergence, transmission and pathogenesis of avian influenza viruses H5N1, H9N2, H7N9, the pandemic H1N1 virus of 2009 and more recently, of the MERS coronavirus. He has served on key international scientific advisory bodies including the WHO and FAO, including the WHO SAGE committee and on the WHO Joint Investigation Team on Human Infection with Avian Influenza A(H7N9) Virus in April 2013. He has published over 560 peer-reviewed scientific papers, reviews and book chapters which have been cited over 28,000 times in the scientific literature. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of London in 2006. He was awarded the Legion d’Honneur of the Republic of France in 2007 and the Silver Bauhinia Star of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in 2008.