Nicholas Johnson


Nick Johnson is the head of the Vector-Borne Diseases workgroup with responsibility for the National Reference Laboratory for Arboviral Diseases and research on mosquito- and tick-borne viruses.

Since completing a PhD at the University of Southampton, Nick completed a number of research fellowships on infectious diseases within the university sector. He joined APHA in 2000 to investigate infection models for rabies and related lyssavirus. From 2007, Nick began developing research and molecular testing for vector-borne diseases and has a particular interest in the transmission of zoonotic viruses by arthropod vectors.


2021-presentHead of Vector Borne Diseases Workgroup (Virology Department, APHA).
Management of two scientific teams delivering surveillance and research on mosquito- and tick-borne diseases of livestock.
2007 – 2021Head of Arthropod-borne Virus Research (Virology Department, APHA)
Management of a group of scientists conducting research on arthropod-vector borne viruses in support of UK policy on notifiable animal diseases.
2000-2007Project Manager / Lead Scientist (Virology Department, APHA)
Delivery of research projects on rabies and rabies-related viruses.
1997-2000Post-doctoral Research Scientist, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University College London.
Investigation of the molecular mechanisms of ischaemic heart disease.
1993-1997Post-doctoral Research Scientist, Department of Immunology, St. Bartholomews Hospital, London.
Investigation of the mechanisms underlying immune system decline in HIV