About John Tam, PhD

John Tam, PhD



Dr. John Siu Lun Tam had worked as Scientist at the Global Influenza Programme in the Health Security and Environment cluster and as Technical Officer in the Initiative for Vaccine Research, Immunization, Vaccines and Biological Department at the World Health Organization (WHO) from July, 2009 to June, 2013. He was responsible for the development and implementation of the WHO Public Health Research Agenda for Influenza, coordination of influenza vaccine research and global seasonal influenza vaccine recommendations.

John also worked in a leading role in private sector for several years on vaccine research and development including clinical assessment of vaccines. Prior to that, he was Professor (Virology) in the Department of Microbiology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong from 1989 to 2004. John has been active in the field of medical virology and his interest included influenza and other viral respiratory tract infections, rotavirus and other viral diarrhoeal diseases, viral hepatitis and mechanisms of viral carcinogenesis including Epstein-Barr virus, hepatitis B and C, and human papillomaviruses. He had published over 160 peer-reviewed articles relating to his fields of interest.

During the outbreak of avian influenza in Hong Kong in 1997 and the SARS outbreak in Asia in 2003, John had served as advisor to the WHO, the Hong Kong government and other regional health authorities on disease control, diagnosis and research. He received the Bronze Bauhinia Star (B.B.S.) medal in 2004 awarded by the Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, China for "long and outstanding contribution to the medical services sector, particularly during the outbreak of SARS".