Professor Gordon Dougan BSc MA PhD MA FMedSci FRS


  • Head of Pathogen Research, The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute
  • Member of the Board of Management (BoM), The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute

Professor Dougan is currently Head of Pathogen research and a member of the Board of Management (BoM) at The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute (WTSI). He is also an Honorary Professor in the Veterinary School at Cambridge University. His personal research interests centre around the genetics of infectious diseases. Before moving to the WTSI he was the Director of the Centre for Molecular Microbiology and Infection at the Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine in London, where he secured funding for a new building in Kensington and improved scientific infrastructure.

Throughout his career Professor Dougan has served as a referee, advisor and consultant for numerous respected institutions, universities, boards, committees, and organizations as well as the MOD in Britain. Professor Dougan is a Trustee of the International Vaccine Institute in Korea and was elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2002.

He graduated with a degree and received his PhD from the University of Sussex. He conducted postdoctoral studies at the University of Washington (Seattle). He worked for over ten years in industry developing vaccines and novel drugs at an internationally renowned multinational company. He has participated in early and late clinical studies on several vaccines. He is an expert in vaccinology/pathogenic mechanisms, specialising on the immunology of mucosal vaccines and molecular basis of infection.