Anne M. Johnson (DBE MD FMedSci FRCP FFPH FRCGP) is Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at University College London and Co-Director of UCL Health of the Public. Since 2011 she has been Chair of the UCL Population and Lifelong Health Domain and was Vice-Dean for External and International Relations from 2015-2018. From 2007-14 she was Co-Director, UCL Institute for Global Health. From 2002-2010 she was Head of the Department of Primary care and Population Sciences and then Director of the Division of Population Health. After training in medicine in Cambridge and Newcastle, she specialised in Epidemiology and Public Health. She has worked in research in the epidemiology and prevention of HIV and sexually transmitted infections and other infectious diseases for over 35 years. She co-directed the Medical Research Council, UK Centre for Co-ordinating Epidemiological Studies of HIV and AIDS from 1985 until 1999. She was principal investigator on the 1990 first National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (Natsal 1990), Natsal 2000 and on MRC/Wellcome Trust funded Natsal 2010. Her research portfolio includes international HIV cohort studies, behavioural intervention studies and community study of the epidemiological and immunological determinants of seasonal influenza transmission (MRC Fluwatch). She is a co-investigator on the UCL i-sense project developing novel diagnostics and pathways for infectious disease detection. She is a co-investigator on VirusWatch a major population study of COVID-19 transmission. Her studies have included include collaborations with colleagues in Europe, Africa and China.
She has advised a number of national and international bodies. This includes Deputy Chair of the MRC Infection and Immunity Board from 2004-2007, Member of Department of Trade and Industry Expert Advisory Group, Foresight Detection and Identification of Infectious Diseases Project from 2004-2007, Member of the DoH Specialist Advisory Committee on Antimicrobial Resistance from 2001-2007, Member Working Party on Public Health: Ethical Issues (Nuffield Council for Bioethics) in 2007. She was Chair of the MRC Population Health Sciences Group and member of the MRC Strategy Board until end 2010. She was a member of the Adaptation Sub-committee of the Committee on Climate Change until 2018. From 2011 to December 2019 she was a member of the Board of Governors of the Wellcome Trust. She was Chair of the Academy of Medical Sciences Health of the Public 2040 Working Group and in 2018 became Vice-president International of the UK Academy of Medical Sciences. Since 2017, she has Chaired the UK Committee for Strategic Coordination of Health of the Public Research (SCHOPR) . She is a a member of the Royal Society DELVE Committee addressing responses to the COVID-19 pandemic
She is a former non-Executive Director of the Whittington NHS Trust. She was awarded the Alwyn Smith Prize by the Faculty of Public Health in 2016 and the ASPHER Andrea Stampar medal in 2017. She was made Dame Commander of the British Empire in the 2013 Queen's Birthday Honours List.