David J. Pickup, PhD – Biography

Emeritus Associate Professor

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David Pickup received his B.Sc. in Botany (specializing in Microbiology) from Royal Holloway College, University of London in 1974. In 1975, he received his M.Sc. in General Virology from the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom. He received his Ph.D. in Virology in 1979, under the direction of Sir John Skehel, from the National Institute for Medical Research, Mill Hill, London. For his post-doctoral training, he worked on the molecular biology of poxviruses and reoviruses with Dr. Wolfgang Joklik in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Duke University. In 1983, he joined the faculty of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Duke as an Assistant Medical Research Professor and then became an Assistant Professor of the Department of Microbiology. Subsequently, he became an Associate Professor in the Department of Molecular Genetics & Microbiology. Dr. Pickup is a member of the Duke Human Vaccine Institute. From 1993 to 2001, he served as Director of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies for the Department of Microbiology. He served as Director of the Third-Year Medical Student study program in Microbiology, Immunology, and Infectious Diseases from 2007 to 2009. His main research interests include the mechanisms of viral control of immune responses and the development of viral vaccine vectors. Dr. Pickup transitioned to emeritus status as of January 1, 2018.