Dr Julian W Tang

Consultant Virologist/Honorary Associate Professor at the Clinical Microbiology, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust/ Respiratory Sciences, University of Leicester, UK

Dr Tang trained in Medicine and Zoology at Cambridge, before completing a Zoology PhD in biological fluid dynamics in Aberdeen. After his general medical training, he completed his specialist clinical virology training at University College London in 2005. Later the same year, he moved to Hong Kong after the SARS 2003 outbreaks, as an Assistant Professor, developing a clinical and research interest in respiratory viruses, particularly on influenza and its transmission. He later moved to Singapore in 2008 as a Consultant/ Virologist, arriving there just in time for the 2009 A/H1N1 influenza pandemic. There, he built a 1 m diameter schlieren imaging system to visualise human exhaled airflows such as breathing, talking, coughing, sneezing, singing – to aid aerosol infection control guidance. After several years in Singapore, he spent a couple of years working in Edmonton, AB, Canada - where he described the first imported, fatal human case of avian A/H5N1 influenza into North America in 2013. He returned to the UK in 2014, settling in Leicester, UK, where he has been running the diagnostic virology laboratory and advising on the clinical management and infection control of viral infections, particularly respiratory viruses, like influenza and SARS-CoV-2 that is causing the current COVID-19 pandemic