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Influenza Division

Our Mission

Influenza Divison (ID)The Influenza Division (ID) improves global control and prevention of seasonal and novel influenza and improves influenza pandemic preparedness and response. In collaboration with domestic and global partners, the ID:

  • Builds surveillance and response capacity.
  • Monitors and assesses influenza viruses and illness.
  • Improves vaccines and other interventions.
  • Applies research to provide science-based enhancement of prevention and control policies and programs.


What We Do

Office of the Director

Nancy Cox, Ph.D. – Director
Dan Jernigan, M.D., M.P.H. – Deputy Director

  • Provides vision, leadership and direction for the flu division.
  • Fosters external partnerships and cross-cutting activities that support quality science and strong global partnerships.
  • Provides leadership and guidance in policy formulation.
  • Provides support for national and international capacity building programs.
  • Provides technical expertise and leadership for national and international pandemic preparedness activities.
  • Provides technical expertise for communications, information technology, genomic sequencing, and reagent resources.

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Virology, Surveillance, and Diagnosis Branch

David Wentworth, Ph.D. – Acting Branch Chief

  • Conducts comprehensive antigenic, phenotypic, genotypic, structural and evolutionary characterization of human and animal influenza viruses.
  • Performs genetic and antigenic pandemic risk assessment of novel influenza viruses.
  • Develops and evaluates novel and seasonal candidate vaccine viruses.
  • Provides expert guidance on influenza vaccine virus selection.
  • Develops methods to detect and characterize influenza viruses.
  • Trains and supports laboratories that perform influenza testing.


Epidemiology and Prevention Branch

Joe Bresee, M.D. – Chief

  • Conducts surveillance and research activities to better understand the epidemiology of influenza.
  • Improves understanding of the effectiveness of influenza antiviral and vaccine programs.


Immunology and Pathogenesis Branch

Jackie Katz, Ph.D. – Chief

  • Increases knowledge and improves understanding of immunity and immune correlates of protection.
  • Develops and improves vaccines.
  • Determines virus and host factors that impact virulence and transmission of influenza viruses.
  • Conducts immunologic and virologic pandemic risk assessment of novel influenza viruses.
  • Trains and supports laboratories that perform immunologic testing.


Influenza Division Organizational Chart


International Activities

For more information on influenza please visit the Seasonal Flu web site.

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