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Department of Veterinary Medicine

Cambridge Veterinary School

Infection dynamics and control of diseases.

My research interests focus on the dynamic processes represented in all infectious diseases, at scales from the cellular and sub-cellular through to the more traditionally studied epidemiological scales of the population and metapopulation. Mathematical modelling and more traditional epidemiological approaches are combined with detailed molecular studies of pathogen and host in a multidisciplinary framework.

All studies of any infection must also consider the ecology of the host as well as of the infection itself and its pathogenesis. I have particular interests in the epidemiological dynamics of various virus infections of humans and other animals, including influenza, African horse sickness, canine rabies and emergent lyssavirus and henipavirus infections and the methods needed to study them. Bovine tuberculosis poses interesting challenges at the interface of science and policy and is an important disease and challenge. Funded studies include the emergence of zoonotic viruses, especially in Africa, transmission dynamics of mammalian influenza viruses and their variants through natural hosts and rabies dynamics. I co-supervise several students working on the dynamics of emergent viral infections in bats, in particular Eidolon helvum, in Ghana. In addition to my research interests, I am also involved in the Cambridge-Africa programme, which focuses on building links between Cambridge and African Institutions and which aims to strengthen Africa's own capacity for a sustainable research.

My position and research is generously supported by The ALBORADA Trust .


Key publications: 

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Network analysis of host–virus communities in bats and rodents reveals determinants of cross‐species transmission.  Angela D Luis, Thomas J O'Shea, David TS Hayman, James LN Wood, Andrew A Cunningham, Amy T Gilbert, James N Mills, Colleen T Webb (2015) Ecology letters 18 (11), 1153-1162

Ebola, Bats and Evidence-Based Policy. James LN Wood, Andrew A Cunningham, Richard D Suu-Ire, Freya L Jephcott, Yaa Ntiamoa-Baidu (2015)  EcoHealth, 1-3 DOI: 10.1007/s10393-015-1050-3

Eliminating bovine tuberculosis in cattle and badgers: insight from a dynamic model. E Brooks-Pollock, JLN Wood (2015) Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B: Biological Sciences 282 (1808):20150374

Potential benefits of cattle vaccination as a supplementary control for bovine tuberculosis. Conlan AJ, Brooks Pollock E, McKinley TJ, Mitchell AP, Jones GJ, Vordermeier M, Wood JL (2015) PLoS Comput Biol 11(2):e1004038

Using modelling to disentangle the relative contributions of zoonotic and anthroponotic transmission: the case of lassa fever. Lo Iacono G, Cunningham AA, Fichet-Calvet E, Garry RF, Grant DS, Khan SH, Leach M, Moses LM, Schieffelin JS, Shaffer JG, et al.  PLoS Negl Trop Dis 9(1):e339

Alborada Professor of Equine and Farm Animal Science
Head of Department of Veterinary Medicine
Not available for consultancy


Local Affiliations: 
Person keywords: 
Biosciences and Biotechnology Research Council
Carnegie Corporation of New York
Economic and Social Research Council
EU - Antigone
Isaac Newton Trust
Medical Research Council
Natural Environment Research Council
The Alborada Trust