Director of the Division of Global Health Protection,CDC Kenya
Dr Marc-Alain Widdowson is the director of the Division of Global Health Protection, CDC Kenya, with responsibility for the Global Health Security Agenda in Kenya, and a wide-ranging portfolio of public health science and research, workforce development, immunisation, laboratory science and One Health. He graduated from Cambridge University in Medical Sciences and Anthropology (1989) the n in Veterinary Medicine (1992). In 1995, he moved to Zimbabwe to work on the epidemiology of wildlife diseases and domestic animals.
From 1997-1999, following graduation with an a MSc in Communicable Disease Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Dr Widdowson worked in Bolivia on zoonotic infections including rabies and cysticercosis. In 1999, he underwent further training in the Netherlands at the National Institute for Public health for two years as a fellow of the European Program for Intervention Epidemiology Training.
Dr Widdowson joined CDC in 2001 with focus on epidemiology and control of rotavirus and norovirus domestically and internationally. In 2008, he joined the Influenza Division, and in 2009 became the lead of the International Epidemiology and Research Team. He served as Acting Deputy Director of the National Centre for Immunisation and Respiratory Diseases and co-Principal Investigator of STRIVE, the CDC-sponsored Ebola vaccine trial in Sierra Leone, before his current appointment to CDC Kenya.
Dr Widdowson has authored or co-authored over 160 articles and nine book chapters, and has served as editor for three journal supplements.