Dr. Alan Magill is the Director of the Malaria Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle, Washington. Dr. Magill oversees the development and implementation of strategies for the foundation’s ultimate goal of the eradication of malaria using current tools and strategies as well as developing new generations of vaccines, diagnostics, and anti‐malarial therapies to be used in novel and innovative ways.
Dr. Magill is board-certified in internal medicine and infectious diseases from the American Board of Internal Medicine. He is a Professor of Medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington and has dual appointments as Associate Professor of Medicine and Associate Professor of Preventive Medicine and Biometrics at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. His primary research interests have been in malaria and leishmaniasis with an emphasis on new product development in vaccines, drugs, and diagnostics.
Previous positions include Program Manager (2009-2012) at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, in Alexandria, Virginia, where he developed and enabled a plant based vaccine production capability. He retired after 27 years of active duty service in the U.S. Army in 2010. He was formerly the Director of the Division of Experimental Therapeutics and the Science Director at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Washington DC. Dr. Magill was previously the Head of Parasitology at the Naval Medical Research Center Detachment in Lima, Peru, and the Head of Clinical Research for the Malaria Vaccine Development Unit of the U.S. National Institutes of Health. He is a faculty member for the Gorgas Course in Clinical Tropical Medicine in Lima, Peru, and a sought after speaker on travel and tropical medicine-related topics. He participates in numerous national and international advisory committees and workshops. Dr. Magill is the Immediate Past President of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and a Past President of the International Society of Travel Medicine. He is the Lead Editor of the 9th edition of Hunter’s Tropical Medicine, the premier clinical textbook of tropical medicine. He is also a Medical Editor of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Health Information for International Travel (the Yellow Book) for 2010, 2012, 2014, and 2016. He has authored more than 100 peer reviewed publications, 140 abstracts, and 13 book chapters. He is a Master of the American College of Physicians, a Fellow of the Infectious Disease Society of America, and a Fellow of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.