Nathan Wolfe

Nathan Wolfe Tom Clynes

Nathan Wolfe is the Lorry I. Lokey Visiting Professor in Human Biology at Stanford University and Director of Global Viral Forecasting, a pandemic early warning system which monitors the spillover of novel infectious agents from animals into humans. Wolfe has been published in or profiled by Nature, Science, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Economist, Wired, Discover, Scientific American, NPR, Popular Science, Seed, and Forbes. Wolfe was the recipient of a Fulbright fellowship in 1997 and was awarded the National Institutes of Health (NIH) International Research Scientist Development Award in 1999 and the prestigious NIH Director's Pioneer Award in 2005.



  • Nathan Wolfe on “Why we have outbreaks” at TED Conference

    SARS, avian flu, swine flu ... each virus outbreak raises the question: What can be done? A compelling answer from virus hunter Nathan Wolfe, who's outwitting the next pandemic by staying two steps ahead: discovering new, deadly viruses where they first emerge -- passing from animals to humans among poor subsistence hunters in Africa -- and stopping them before they claim millions of lives.




Q & A

Where are you from?

Who are your favorite writers?
I grew up on Dawkins, Gould and Diamond.

Which book/books have had the biggest influence on your writing?
Richard Wrangham-Catching fire: How Cooking Made Us Human
Jared Diamond: Guns, Germs and Steel (1997);  and The Third Chimpanzee (2004)           
Ray Kurzweil- The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology                       

What are your hobbies and outside interests?
Exploration, Adventure Travel, Food.

What is the single best piece of advice anyone ever gave you?
Don't answer the question you were asked, answer the question you wish you were asked.

What is the question most commonly asked by your readers?  What is the answer?
How are pandemics born? Will we ever be able to predict and prevent pandemics?      

What inspired you to write your first book?
The desire to understand the role of human history and evolution in pandemics and the desire to map out future directions for predicting and preventing pandemics.

Where do you write?
Stanford and my office in San Francisco.



The Viral Storm

Nathan D. Wolfe

Dynamic young Stanford biologist Nathan Wolfe reveals the surprising origins of the world's most deadly viruses, and how we can overcome catastrophic pandemics. In The Viral Storm,...