Dr Barry Atkinson
Barry Atkinson is a virologist investigating the pathogenesis of arthropod-borne viruses (arboviruses). Barry spent 14 years at Public Health England, Porton, developing ways to detect and characterise high-containment human pathogens such as Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever virus (CCHFV), tick-borne encephalitis virus (TBEV) and Ebola virus. He was one of the first researchers to assist in-country with the West African Ebola outbreak in 2014 and has participated in numerous expeditions across the globe to help establish diagnostic methods in resource-poor countries.
In 2016, Barry successfully defended this PhD thesis (“The characterisation of arboviral zoonoses in Central Asia”) and moved to The Pirbright Institute to focus on utilising his expertise in high-containment virology to research the developing field of arbovirus pathogenesis. His current projects focus on reducing the capacity of mosquitoes to transmit human pathogens and researching the role of RNA interference (RNAi) in controlling arboviral infections.
Barry has authored or co-authored over 30 peer-reviewed publications including high-impact research published in Nature, Science, and Emerging Infectious Diseases. He is also a lead co-ordinator of the South Wilts Virus Group, a network linking virologists across the South of England in order to promote current research and inter-institute collaboration.