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Department of Veterinary Medicine

Cambridge Veterinary School

Studying at Cambridge


Silke Riesle

Silke Riesle

Supervisor - Professor James Wood

Emerging Infectious Disease Ecology in Epomophorus gambianus (Gambian Epauletted Fruit Bats) in Volta Region, Ghana.


I completed my Veterinary degree in Chile in 2008. To win my honours degree, I produced a research thesis within a project sponsored by Universidad Andres Bello, in association with a governmental award (FONDECYT), entitled “Bovine immunoglobulin against Echinococcus granulosus hydatid cysts penetrates cells and induces apoptosis in eukaryotic cell lines”.

I have volunteered and worked in different kinds of research relating to Chilean wildlife, including working with the Dromiciops gliroides marsupial in the southern island of Chiloé.

Subject groups/Research projects

Mathematical Biology:

Departments and Institutes

Institute of Zoology:

Research Interests

I am interested in zoonotic pathogen dynamics in aspects that range from within host dynamics to a broader ecological epidemiology. I find the “One Health” approach most interesting, in particular researching wildlife infectious disease ecology and cross-species virus transmission dynamics.

I am excited to be investigating emerging viral diseases of animal and public health importance (lyssaviruses, henipaviruses and filoviruses) in colonies of E. gambianus, aiming to acquire new information about the infection dynamics in relation to host ecology, distribution and the effects of sympatric species on viral dynamics. This is a comparative study with ongoing research in straw-coloured fruit bats (Eidolon helvum).  The analyses will hopefully help elucidate aspects of pathogen ecology, providing a firmer foundation for future research and disease management approaches.


  • Lyssavirus
  • Filovirus
  • Epidemiology
  • Infectious disease dynamics
  • Emerging viral diseases
  • Paramyxovirus