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William W. “Billy” Hall Chair, Medical Microbiology, School of Medicine, University College Dublin
Director, Centre for Research in Infectious Diseases, University College Dublin

WILLIAM W. “BILLY” HALL has been a Director of Atlantic since 2008.

Professor Hall is Chair of Medical Microbiology, School of Medicine and Director of the Centre for Research into Infectious Diseases, both at University College Dublin. He is a Consultant Microbiologist at St. Vincent’s University Hospital.

He is an expert in infectious diseases and virology, and in the roles of viruses in the development of leukaemia and lymphoma. Prior to his tenure at University College Dublin, he was Professor and Head of the Laboratory of Medical Virology, Senior Physician and Director of the Clinical Research Centre at the Rockefeller University in New York. Earlier, he was an Assistant and Associate Professor of Medicine at Cornell University.

Professor Hall is a Consultant to the Irish Minister for Health and Children, Mary Harney TD, providing input on a number of topics, including influenza pandemic preparedness and bioterrorism, and he is a member of the National Public Health Emergency Team. He was Ireland’s Project Coordinator for the Ireland-Vietnam Blood Borne Virus Initiative, a project supported by Irish Aid and The Atlantic Philanthropies. Professor Hall is Chair of the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) of Irish Aid, which advises the Minister of State in the Department of Foreign Affairs of the Irish Government on overseas development aid.

His research has been published extensively in more than ten book chapters and 200 peer-reviewed and other journal articles. Professor Hall currently serves on the editorial boards of Journal of NeuroVirology, AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses, Neuropathology, and the Journal of the Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (JAIDS). He was a Director of Amarin Corporation plc and President of the International Retrovirology Association. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology.

Professor Hall earned his B.Sc. and Ph.D. from Queen’s University Belfast and his M.D. from Cornell University Medical College in New York. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in the UK and in Ireland and is board certified in internal medicine and infectious diseases in the United States.