John Openshaw

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John Openshaw

  • Stanford Affiliate, Stanford Center on China's Economy and Institutions
  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Medicine - Infectious Diseases


John Openshaw is an instructor in infectious diseases at Stanford University.

He is interested in the intersection between infectious disease and ecology and much of his current research is on detecting emerging zoonotic pathogens.

Zoonotic disease represents a major burden to human health: from the bubonic plague of the middle ages, to the 1918 flu pandemic that infected one third of the world’s population, to the modern Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) epidemic which affects 34 million people living today.

His current work aims to detect viral spillover events from animals to humans with the hope of eventually understanding the ecology that drives this process and better defining the steps that will be required to stop the emergence of these pathogens.

He is also interested in the use of technology and media to improve healthcare.