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Department of Veterinary Medicine

Cambridge Veterinary School

Infection dynamics and control of diseases.

My research interests focus on the dynamics of infectious diseases particularly for emerging or zoonotic diseases at the interface of humans and animals. Mathematical modelling and more traditional epidemiological approaches are combined with detailed molecular studies of pathogen and host in a multidisciplinary framework.

Studies of infection dynamics should consider host ecology as well as the infection and its pathogenesis. My interests include influenza (currently avian influenza in relation to on farm biosecurity in GB), emergent viral infections of bats in sub-Saharan Africa (with Ghanaian and UK collaborators), coronaviruses and bovine tuberculosis control, including tricky policy challenges. 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 .


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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
Not available for consultancy


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