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Andrew F. Read

Interim Senior Vice President for Research, Evan Pugh Professor of Biology and Entomology, Eberly Professor of Biotechnology
Andrew Read


Ph.D., University of Oxford, 1989

B.S., University of Otago, New Zealand, 1984



Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences (elected 2018)

Penn State President’s Award for Excellence in Academic Integration (2018)

Fellow The Royal Society (elected 2015)

Fellow American Academy of Microbiology (elected 2014)

Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science (elected 2012)

Fellowship Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, 2006-2007

Fellow of Royal Society of Edinburgh (elected 2003)

Scientific Medal, Zoological Society of London, 1999

Young Investigator Award, American Society of Naturalists, 1991

Thomas Henry Huxley Award, Zoological Society of London, 1991


Research Interests

We work on the ecology and evolutionary genetics of infectious disease, particularly the pathogen evolution that harms human health and well-being. Our work involves evolutionary biology, ecology, parasitology, microbiology and genomics. Currently, we are trying to find drug regimens that retard resistance evolution, understand a rare case where vaccine resistance has evolved, and identify drivers of drug resistance in hospitals. At the moment, we work with Marek’s disease in poultry (vaccine resistance), malaria in mice (drug resistance) and vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus (bacterial evolution in hospitals), with a little cancer on the side. We are also researching drivers for inappropriate antibiotic use in our student health clinic.