Professor Stephen Ward

Academic Credentials: BSc Pharmacology and Physiology (Aston University 1979), PhD Biochemical Pharmacology (Liverpool University 1984), Walter Myers Professor (Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine 2000) 

Current Position: Deputy Director, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

Steve has over 30 years experience in drug discovery, drug development and tropical pharmacology. After a year working as a Research Fellow at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee, Steve returned to Liverpool begin his UK academic career.  Working initially as a Lecturer in Tropical Pharmacology at LSTM, Steve then held a number of senior research and teaching positions at the University of Liverpool before being awarded a Personal Chair in 1999. Steve returned to LSTM as Walter Myers Professor of Parasitology in 2000. 

Steve is also currently Head of Drug Discovery at LSTM with a portfolio of antimalarial, anti-TB and antihelminthic drugs. He has delivered one molecule to full international registration, three molecules into human trials and a further four molecules through a completed full preclinical development. He has a key role in the Gates funded AWOL product discovery initiative and collaborates with Eisai Pharma, Japan supported through the GHIT initiative to develop new macrofilaricide drugs. 

During his career, Steve has established a significant number of international collaborative links with key organisations, including the Kenyan Medical Research Institute, Wellcome Trust Research Laboratories Kenya, Centre for Drug Research, University Sains Malaysia, Mahidol University Thailand, Thammassat University Thailand, Guangdong University of Technology China, GSK DDW Madrid, Astra Zeneca. He was appointed Member of the MMV External Scientific Advisory Board in 2008