John Aitchison is the third president and
director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research. He previously held the
position of Chief Science Officer, and joined the Center in 2011 to advance the
mission through the development and application of systems biology approaches
to infectious diseases. John received his PhD in Biochemistry from McMaster University, Canada. He performed postdoctoral research in the Laboratory of Cell Biology at The Rockefeller University under the guidance of Professor Gunter Blobel (Nobel Laureate, 1999). Dr. Aitchison is a founding faculty member at the Institute for Systems Biology where he served as Senior Vice President and Executive Director of Integrative Biology. Professor Aitchison holds part-time, adjunct or affiliate faculty positions at Institute for Systems Biology, University of Washington (Biochemistry), University of Alberta (Cell Biology) and University of British Columbia (Biochemistry). Outside of the lab, John enjoys spending time with his family, playing squash, and racing sailboats.
Human vs. Pathogen: The Art of Battling Infectious Disease
Inspired by the battle our scientists wage against deadly disease-causing pathogens, we have developed a series of posters to capture the spirit of this battle of “Human vs. Pathogen”.
Why Unvaccinated "Free Loaders" Like Me Are a Huge Risk
I have been a freeloader, reliant on the rest of you to keep me from getting the measles. Here's why that is wrong.
Infectious diseases claim 14 million lives every year.