Livestock & Infectious Diseases

Research on livestock includes increasing productivity, reducing infectious and other disease and improving animal welfare. Farm animals harbour important human diseases, of which perhaps the most threatening is avian flu.

People » Adrian Smith

University Lecturer in Infectious Diseases & Fellow of St Catherine’s College

Adrian Smith’s research focuses on understanding the basis of immunity to infection, including the study of immune mechanisms that operate in birds and mammals.

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People » Angela McLean

Professor of Mathematical Biology, Fellow of All Souls College & Co-Director of the Institute for Emerging Infections

Angela McLean’s research interests lie in the use of mathematical models to aid the understanding of the evolution and spread of infectious agents, with a current focus on Hepatitis C (HCV), HIV and influenza.

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People » David Rogers

Professor of Ecology & Curator of the Hope Entomological Collections

David’s research interests lie in insect population ecology and the ecology and epidemiology of vector-borne diseases, in particular the African trypanosomiases, dengue, yellow fever, West Nile virus and bluetongue.

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People » Maja Založnik

Post-doctoral Researcher, Oxford Institute of Population Ageing, Department of Zoology

Maja Založnik is working on an Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food project investigating how changes in the age and educational structure of farming populations interact with changing pest populations to affect food security.

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People » Marian Stamp Dawkins

Professor of Animal Behaviour & Fellow and Tutor in Biological Sciences, Somerville College

Marian Stamp Dawkins's research interests lie in animal welfare. She has a particular interest in the impact that pressure for more efficient food production might have on the welfare of food animals, especially poultry.

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People » Martin Maiden

Professor of Molecular Epidemiology Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow & Fellow of Hertford College

Martin Maiden's research aims to translate the findings of investigations into population biology and the evolution of bacterial pathogens into benefits for human health, through public health interventions such as vaccination.

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People » Mike Bonsall

Professor of Mathematical Biology

Mike Bonsall is a population biologist and has research interests across range of disciplines including biodiversity, ecology, evolution, health and economics.

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People » Oliver Pybus

Professor of Evolution & Infectious Disease

Oliver researches the epidemiology and evolution of infectious diseases, and is currently investigating influenza A viruses in poultry and swine.

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People » Raymond Pierrehumbert

Halley Professors of Physics

 

Raymond Pierrehumbert’s research interests relate to climate change include the nature of the Anthropocene, assessment of the relative impacts of carbon dioxide vs. short lived greenhouse gases (such as methane) and climate ethics.  He has studied the climate impacts of beef production, and is currently working on extending the analysis to other animal-related food sectors. 

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People » Tommaso Pizzari

University Lecturer in Ornithology & Senior Biology Tutor St. Catherine’s College

Tom Pizzari studies sexual behaviour and its evolutionary implications, using the chicken as a model species.

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