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Dr Derek Gatherer


Derek Gatherer

Lancaster University

Furness Building



Tel: +44 1524 592900

Research overview

Now on editorial board of Scientific Data.

My Erdös number is 5.

The Herpesviridae chapter of the ICTV Report on Virus Classification and Taxon Nomenclature is now available.

Google Scholar metrics for end-2022:

h-index 40; g-index 81; publication years 37; cites: 6856; cites for most-cited paper 683; mean cites/paper 29; mean cites/year 190; papers >500 cites 2; papers >250 cites 5; papers >100 cites 17; papers >10 cites/year 15.

PhD supervision

Interested in finding a student who would use corpus linguistic techniques to analyse past pandemic responses, e.g. to 1957 and 1968 flu pandemics


Currently active projects:

  1. Tempo & mode in the evolution of RNA viruses.  PhD student Hanouf Alhamdan funded by the Ministry of Health of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
  2. Corpus linguistic analysis of discourse surrounding vaccine hesitancy, with Prof Elena Semino (Lancaster) and others.  Funded by the Economic & Social Research Council: grant ref. ES/V000926/1
  3. International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses: Herpesvirales working group.

Research Interests

  1. Vaccine hesitancy (esp. 19th century)
  2. RNA virus evolution
  3. BioFutures
  4. Taxonomy of Herpesvirales
  5. Societal response to the English Sweat (15th-16th century)

External Roles

  1. Fellow, Institute for Social Futures
  2. Herpesvirales Working Group, International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses

Current Teaching

Research Grants

Economic & Social Research Council:  Corpus linguistic analysis of discourse surrounding vaccine hesitancy (ES/V000926/1)

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