Portrait of Kanta Subbarao

Kanta Subbarao

Professor Kanta Subbarao is a virologist and a physician and was appointed Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza in 2016. Prior to her arrival in Melbourne, she was Chief of the Emerging Respiratory Viruses Section of the Laboratory of Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the United States from 2002-2016.

Her research is focused on newly emerging viral diseases of global importance including pandemic influenza, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).