Oneworld will publish Infectious: Pathogens and How We Fight Them by research scientist Dr John Tregoning.
Editorial director Sam Carter acquired UK and Commonwealth rights from Caroline Hardman at Hardman & Swainson for publication in autumn 2021.
Tregoning is a scientist and researcher whose work focuses on how viruses and bacteria infect the lungs. In Infectious, Tregoning will explore how pathogens cause infection and the resources that are available to stop them. The book will also look at success stories in immunology and virology.
Tregoning said: "Thanks to remarkable scientific progress in the last 100 years you are more likely to die of eating too many doughnuts than infectious disease. This book will celebrate the progress that has been made in our fight with infectious disease as well as exploring the science of pathogens."
Carter added: "We’re thrilled to welcome such an expert to our list. John deals with life and death issues but he’s a master at giving the non-specialist a glimpse of what goes on in his lab and there’s real verve in his writing."
Tregoning is a reader in respiratory infections at Imperial College London, where he also runs a research group on infectious diseases.