Infectious diseases, Biosecurity, Zoonoses, One Health, Climate change, Planetary Health, Sustainability, wildfires, vectorborne diseases, viruses, water quality, air quality, animal health, bioeconomy, risk management
Dr. Kirk Douglas was appointed as the inaugural director of the Centre for Biosecurity Studies (CBS), Faculty of Social Sciences, The University of The West Indies, on 1st July 2020.
Dr. Kirk Douglas is a professional senior scientist recognized both regionally and internationally for impactful scientific research in the fields of biosecurity, climate change, microbiology, infectious diseases, biosecurity, virology and zoonoses. He has earned a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree in Microbiology (2001), a Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.) degree in Microbiology (2007) and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in Medical Microbiology (2020) from the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados. In addition, he holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree with Merit Honours (2019) from Warwick Business School (WBS), University of Warwick, United Kingdom.
His research led to several novel findings of viral haemorrhagic fever (VHF) viruses present in Barbados and the Caribbean including dengue virus, Chikungunya, Zika virus, West Nile Virus, orthohantaviruses, arenaviruses and cowpox viruses. He has authored multiple peer-reviewed scientific papers in the fields of microbiology, virology, biosecurity, infectious diseases and zoonoses which have received over 100 citations. His research interests include biosecurity, climate change, bioeconomy, zoonoses, illegal wildlife trade, risk management, environmental pollution and ecosystem health.