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Nancy J. Cox, PhD

NANCY J. COX, PH.D., is Director of the Influenza Division at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Director of CDC’s World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology and Control of Influenza. She received a bachelor’s degree in bacteriology from Iowa State University in 1970. Dr. Cox was awarded a Marshall Scholarship to study in England at the University of Cambridge where in 1975 she earned a doctoral degree in virology. Dr. Cox began her career as a postdoctoral fellow, first at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and subsequently at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She was selected as the Chief of the Molecular Genetics Section of the Influenza Branch in 1983, Chief of the Influenza Branch in 1992 and as Director of the Influenza Division in 2006. She frequently serves as a WHO temporary advisor for vaccine strain selection and expansion of WHO’s Global Influenza Surveillance and Response Network. She Co-chaired the U.S. Interagency Group on Influenza Pandemic Preparedness from 1993-1995 which began the process of writing a national response plan for the next influenza pandemic. In her capacity as Director of CDC’s WHO Collaborating Center for Influenza, she has organized and participated in numerous WHO activities and national and international training courses on influenza epidemiology, isolation and identification. Dr. Cox is the recipient of numerous scientific and achievement awards, including CDC’s Charles C. Shepard Science Awards in 2001, 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2009. She was recognized by Time magazine as one of the “Time 100: The People Who Shape our World” and by Newsweek magazine for the “Giving Back Awards” in 2006. In addition, Dr. Cox was awarded the Service to America Medals Federal Employee of the Year for 2006. She is the author and co-author of over 200 research articles, reviews and book chapters.