Dr Trevor Drew

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Prof Drew is Director of the Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL), delivering to the needs of the Department of Agriculture & Water Resources (DAWR) and the livestock and fisheries sectors of Australia, in the area of diagnosis of exotic diseases of terrestrial and aquatic animals, including those also affecting man.

AAHL is a National Facility and part of an international network of six laboratories able to handle some of the world’s most dangerous pathogens. The facility also serves as an important centre for research carried out within other CSIRO Business Units, including Agriculture and Food & Health and Biosecurity.

Trevor was born in Cornwall in the UK and, following his undergraduate studies in microbiology, he studied for his Masters in applied immunology at King's College and Brunel University, London. He completed his PhD in molecular virology, as part of a research collaboration between the UK Veterinary Laboratories Agency and the Central Veterinary Institute, the Netherlands, completing in 1995.

Prior to becoming Director of AAHL in 2018, Prof Drew was Lead Scientist and Head of the Virology Department at the UK Animal & Plant Health Agency, with responsibility for managing the UK surveillance programme for exotic viral diseases of livestock, along with an extensive portfolio of research in that area, delivering to the policy needs of their agriculture ministry. He also has an extensive record of overseas work, including extended secondments on behalf of overseas aid projects in Ethiopia, Kenya, Bangladesh and Nepal. He is a specialist in viral diseases of pigs and has published over 140 peer-reviewed research papers.

Prof Drew is also a regular contributor to the work of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), where he has held a position as Reference Expert for a number of viral diseases. He has also been a member of numerous Ad Hoc Groups and has undertaken several missions. He is also a Visiting Professor of Virology at the University of Nottingham, UK and Jilin University, PR China.

Academic Qualifications

  • 1990

    Brunel University of West London

  • 1996

    CVL Weybridge, UK & ID-DLO Lelystad, NL