Professor Peter Horby

Professor of Emerging Infectious Diseases and Global Health, Nuffield Department of Medicine


Professor Horby is the former Director of the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit in Hanoi, Vietnam. The unit was established in early 2006 and conducts research on infectious diseases which crosses the disciplines of basic science, medical science and public health. He returned to Oxford in 2014 and has since established the Epidemic Research Group Oxford (ERGO). ERGO is engaged in an international program of clinical and epidemiological research to prepare for and respond to emerging diseases that may turn into epidemics or pandemics. ERGO incorporates a number of projects including a large Ebola clinical trial based in Liberia. The group is conducting research on several epidemic diseases including Ebola, bird flu (H5N1 and H7N9), MERS-CoV, and Enterovirus 71.

Professor Horby has acted frequently as an advisor/consultant to the WHO.


  • Emerging infectious diseases
  • Vaccines for ebola
  • Influenza
  • Avian flu (H5N1, H7N9, and others)
  • Epidemics and pandemics
  • Zoonoses (diseases of animals which affect humans)

Media experience

Professor Horby has extensive experience of interviews on live radio and television, as well as in print.