Dr Derek Gatherer

Lecturer

Research Overview

I am a Fellow of the Institute for Social Futures (https://www.lancaster.ac.uk/social-futures/) where my particular interest is BioFutures, meaning any futurological scenario invoking any factor that is contingent upon:

  1. our biological being-in-the-world
  2. natural selection’s action upon us
  3. our situation in a global ecosystem that contains millions of other species
  4. the potential divergence of evolutionary interest between our species and others

The scope of BioFuture research therefore includes topics such as:

  1. pandemic disease
  2. the post-antibiotic world
  3. life extension technologies
  4. genetic modification and progeny selection
  5. human life at higher average climate temperatures
  6. species depletion: “The Sixth Extinction”
  7. global food shortage: “The Ghost of Malthus”

Selected Publications

Reflections on integrating bioinformatics into the undergraduate curriculum: The Lancaster experience
Gatherer, D. 2/12/2019 In: Biochemistry and molecular biology education : a bimonthly publication of the International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
Journal article

Modelling versus Realisation: Rival Philosophies of Computational Theory in Systems Biology
Gatherer, D. 21/10/2019 In: Rethinking Biology. Singapore : World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte Ltd p. 33-58.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Visualization of protein sequence space with force-directed graphs, and their application to the choice of target-template pairs for homology modelling
Mead, D.J.T., Lunagomez, S., Gatherer, D. 1/11/2019 In: Journal of Molecular Graphics and Modelling. 92, p. 180-191. 12 p.
Journal article

A decade of sustained selection pressure on two surface sites of the VP1 protein of Enterovirus A71 suggests that immune evasion may be an indirect driver for virulence
Roberts, R., Yee, P.T.I., Mujawar, S., Lahiri, C., Poh, C.L., Gatherer, D. 1/04/2019 In: Scientific Reports. 9, 1, 9 p.
Journal article

Phylodynamic analysis of the historical spread of Toscana virus around the Mediterranean
Cusi, M.G., Gandolfo, C., Gori Savellini, G., Terrosi, C., Sadler, R., Gatherer, D. 30/07/2018 In: Biorxiv.
Journal article

Sequence Variation in Multidrug-Resistant Plasmid pLUH01, Isolated from Human Nasopharyngeal Swabs
Atkinson, K., Bishop, L., Rhodes, G., Salez, N., McEwan, N.R., Hegarty, M., Robey, J., Harding, N., Wetherell, S., Lauder, R.M., Pickup, R.W., Wilkinson, M., Gatherer, D. 12/07/2018 In: Microbiology Resource Announcements. 7, 1, p. 1-2. 2 p.
Journal article

Ebola returns to its Congo Basin heartland
Gatherer, D. 1/07/2018 In: Journal of General Virology. 99, 7, 1 p.
Editorial

18 new species in the family Herpesviridae
Gatherer, D., Benko, M., Brandt, C., Bryant, N., Dastjerdi, A., Depledge, D., Doszpoly, A., Gompels, U., Hartley, C., Inoue, N., Jarosinski, K., Kaul, R., Lacoste, V., Norberg, P., Origgi, F., Orton, R., Pellett, P., Schmid, S., Stewart, J., Szpara, M., Trimpert, J., Vaz, P., Waltzek, T., Davison, A. 21/06/2018
Working paper

In silico design of Mycobacterium tuberculosis epitope ensemble vaccines
Shah, P., Mistry, J., Reche, P.A., Gatherer, D., Flower, D.R. 05/2018 In: Molecular Immunology. 97, p. 56-62. 7 p.
Journal article

In silico design of knowledge-based Plasmodium falciparum epitope ensemble vaccines
Damfo, S.A., Reche, P., Gatherer, D., Flower, D.R. 11/2017 In: Journal of Molecular Graphics and Modelling. 78, p. 195-205. 11 p.
Journal article

Nasopharyngeal metagenomic deep sequencing data, Lancaster, UK, 2014-2015
Atkinson, K.V., Bishop, L.A., Rhodes, G., Salez, N., McEwan, N.R., Hegarty, M.J., Robey, J., Harding, N., Wetherell, S., Lauder, R.M., Pickup, R.W., Wilkinson, M., Gatherer, D. 24/10/2017 In: Scientific Data. 4, 7 p.
Journal article

Emerging viruses - Is there an emerging pattern?
Gatherer, D. 1/06/2017 In: Biochemist. 39, 3, p. 4-7. 4 p.
Journal article

Media work on monkeypox cases in UK hospitals
Other

Media work on resurgence of Ebola in Africa
Other

Media work on pneumonic plague outbreak in Madagascar.
Other

Media work on norovirus outbreak at 2017 World Athletics Championships in London
Other

Media work on 2017-2018 seasonal influenza and other flu seasons
Other

Lancaster Public Lecture 27th April 2016
Invited talk

Huddersfield University Public Lecture Series
Invited talk

Hudderfield Applied Sciences Seminar 20th April 2016
Invited talk

Media work on vaccination and anti-vax movement
Other

Media work on Zika virus
Other

Media work on assorted infectious diseases
Other

Media work on Lancashire Cryptosporidium event
Other

Media work on bird flu (avian influenza) outbreaks in the UK and EU.
Other

Media work on Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus
Other

Lancaster & Morecambe College Wednesday 22nd April 2015
Invited talk

Leeds Hospital Tuesday 24th March 2015
Invited talk

Media work on antimicrobial resistance and the "post-antibiotics age".
Other

Lancaster Students Union Monday 16th February 2015
Invited talk

British Infection Association, Manchester Friday 7th November 2014
Invited talk

Royal Preston Hospital Thursday 2nd October 2014
Invited talk

Media work on Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa 2013-2016
Other

Outstanding Contribution Award 2015
Prize (including medals and awards)

British Science Association / Daily Telegraph Young Science Writer of the Year Runner-Up 1993 (age 23-28 category)
Prize (including medals and awards)

  • DSI - Health
  • ISF Fellows 2019/20