John Aitchison

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.

Africa's average lifespan is only 47 years


In 1815, the average life expectancy was 47 year in the United States. In Africa, in 2015, 200 years later, the life expectancy is still 47 years.

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