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Nathan Wolfe, DSc, Immunology & Infectious Disease, Harvard
MA, Biological Anthropology, Harvard
BA, Human Biology, Stanford

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Current Position: Lokey Visiting Professor at Stanford University
Stanford email address:
Asst Lucy: (310) 592-7144
(800) 724-1706

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DSc, Immunology & Infectious Disease, Harvard
MA, Biological Anthropology, Harvard
BA, Human Biology, Stanford


Most human viruses originated from wild animal populations (e.g. HIV, influenza, dengue, SARS, ebola, etc). My lab is working to identify the factors which allow viruses to cross from animals into humans and to develop systems to monitor the emergence of viruses before they reach epidemic levels.

Current projects include: 1) Hunter cohort study: monitor viruses among hunters living in and around biodiversity hotspots 2) Animal health study: catalog viruses in hunted animals and survey for wild animal ‘die-offs’ 3) Virus diversity study: characterize previously unknown viruses in human & animal populations 4) Rural health development project: provision of technical assistance and resources to aid in the development of local health infrastructure for provision of prevention and care for HIV and other infectious diseases

These projects are supported by laboratory and repository facilities in the USA and overseas laboratory sites

Honors and Awards

NIH Director's Pioneer Award, 2005-2010

Popular Science "Brilliant 10", 2005

International Research Scientist Development Award (IRSDA), NIH Fogarty International Center, 1999-2006

Fulbright Fellowship, 1997-1998

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 1994-1997

Certificate of Distinction for Teaching, Harvard University, 1994

  • bushmeat
  • AIDS
  • zoonosis
  • molecular epidemiology
  • pathogen ecology and evolution
  • cross-species transmission
  • primatology
  • Cameroon
  • Central Africa
  • phylogenetics
  • GIS
  • international health
  • RNA virus
  • evolution
  • retrovirus
  • arbovirus
  • filovirus
  • monkeypox
  • malaria
  • ebola
  • lassa
  • marburg
  • dengue
  • yellow fever
  • leptospirosis
  • rabies
  • spumaretrovirus
  • simian foamy virus
  • SFV
  • SIV
  • HIV
  • STLV
  • HTLV
  • hepatitis
  • &backto

  • Sintasath DM, Wolfe ND, Lebreton M, Jia H, Garcia AD, Le Doux-Diffo J, Tamoufe U, Carr JK, Folks TM, Mpoudi-Ngole E, Burke DS, Heneine W, Switzer W (2009 ) Simian T-lymphotropic virus diversity among nonhuman primates, Cameroon. Emerging Infectious Disease 15(2):175-84.

  • Switzer WM, Salemi M, Qari SH, Jia H, Gray RR, Katzourakis A, Marriott SJ, Pryor KN, Wolfe ND, Burke DS, Folks TM, Heneine W (2009) Ancient, independent evolution and distinct molecular features of the novel human T-lymphotropic virus type 4. Retrovirology 2;6:9.

  • ND Wolfe (2008) An epidemiologist points to a fifth sort of human malaria. Nature 453:567 [journal club]

  • Goldberg TL, CA Chapman, K Cameron, T Saj, WB Karesh, ND Wolfe, SW Wong, ME Dubois, MK Slifka (2008) Serologic evidence for a novel poxvirus in endangered red colobus monkeys, Western Uganda. Emerging Infectious Disease 14: 801-803

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