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Dr Derek Gatherer

Lecturer

Derek Gatherer

Lancaster University

Furness Building

LA1 4YG

Lancaster

Tel: +44 1524 592900

Research overview

I am a Fellow of the Institute for Social Futures (https://www.lancaster.ac.uk/social-futures/) where my particular interest is BioFutures, meaning any futurological scenario invoking any factor that is contingent upon:

  1. our biological being-in-the-world
  2. natural selection’s action upon us
  3. our situation in a global ecosystem that contains millions of other species
  4. the potential divergence of evolutionary interest between our species and others

The scope of BioFuture research therefore includes topics such as:

  1. pandemic disease
  2. the post-antibiotic world
  3. life extension technologies
  4. genetic modification and progeny selection
  5. human life at higher average climate temperatures
  6. species depletion: “The Sixth Extinction”
  7. global food shortage: “The Ghost of Malthus”

PhD supervision

I am interested in prospective applications from any students whose background fits the work of The Institute for Social Futures (https://www.lancaster.ac.uk/social-futures/), particularly my own area of BioFutures, meaning any futurological scenario invoking any factor that is contingent upon our biological being-in-the-world, natural selection’s action upon us, our situation in a global ecosystem that contains millions of other species and the potential divergence of evolutionary interest between our species and others. The scope of BioFuture research therefore includes topics such as pandemic disease, the post-antibiotic world, life extension technologies, genetic modification and progeny selection, human life at higher average climate temperatures, extinctions and global food shortage.

Current Research

Currently active projects:

  1. Assembly of Illumina sequence of Leishmania chanceri and Leishmania siamensis genomes.  Collaboration with Prof Paul Bates and Dr Rod Dillon (Lancaster).  PhD student Hatim Almutairi funded by Ministry of Health of Saudi Arabia.
  2. Filoviruses outside Africa.  Collaboration with Dr Robert Lauder and Dr Lisa Bishop (Lancaster) and Public Health England.
  3. Taxonomy of Order Herpesvirales.  International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV) Working Group.

Research Interests

I am a Fellow of the Institute for Social Futures (https://www.lancaster.ac.uk/social-futures/) where my particular interest is BioFutures, meaning any futurological scenario invoking any factor that is contingent upon:

  1. our biological being-in-the-world
  2. natural selection’s action upon us
  3. our situation in a global ecosystem that contains millions of other species
  4. the potential divergence of evolutionary interest between our species and others

The scope of BioFuture research therefore includes topics such as:

  1. pandemic disease
  2. the post-antibiotic world
  3. life extension technologies
  4. genetic modification and progeny selection
  5. human life at higher average climate temperatures
  6. species depletion: “The Sixth Extinction”
  7. global food shortage: “The Ghost of Malthus”

External Roles

Media appearances:  Over 250 broadcast media appearances on the subject of infectious diseases, particularly viruses, with Sky News Channel, BBC News 24, BBC radio (local and national), LBC, TRT World, France 24, al-Jazeera.  Quoted in newspapers on countless occasions.

Herpesvirales Working Group:  International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV)

Current Teaching

I am Assessment Officer for Biomedical & Life Sciences degrees, meaning I have overall responsibility for exams, coursework and other assessment aspects of our various degree programmes.

Currently I also teach on the following modules - module convenor where underlined:

  • BIOL113 Genetics: Introduction to Bioinformatics (lecture and workshop)
  • BIOL243 Medical Microbiology: Viruses (lectures and workshops)
  • BIOL275 Bionformatics: entire module (lectures and workshops)
  • BIOL313 Proteins: Structure, Function & Evolution: Protein Evolution (lectures and workshops)
  • BIOL387 Research Project: supervision
  • BIOL445 Bioinformatics: entire module (lectures and workshops)
  • FutureLearn MOOC: Influenza

Research Grants

Additional Information

My first degree was in Genetics, and I began my scientific career as a molecular developmental biologist, working at St Mary's Hospital Medical School (now part of Imperial College School of Medicine) in London.  After post-docs in Quito, Warwick and Cambridge, I took up a position in 1996 as Lecturer in Molecular Genetics at Liverpool John Moores University, then spent time in the pharmaceutical industry before moving to the old MRC Virology Unit in Glasgow (now part of the new MRC Centre for Virus Research).  I joined Lancaster University in September 2013.

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