Research in my group is focussed on reducing the animal and human health burden caused by diseases that cross species barriers.
My previous experience includes fundamental work on the evolution of viral pathogens in my PhD, through to the applied aspects of control policy in current national and international rabies projects. An area of particular interest is the wildlife-livestock-human interface and its role in the emergence of pathogens. My previous research has given me a multifaceted perspective on this, including work characterising novel BSL3 pathogens in vitro and in-vivo, as well as planning, undertaking and interpreting data from surveillance programs for zoonotic pathogens in wildlife and domestic animals. Working in this area of viral zoonoses gives the one-health concept real meaning: in order to assess the risk posed by zoonotic infections you need to study the reservoir and the ecological niche that reservoir occupies, as well as the biology and behaviour of potential spill-over hosts.
An additional and allied area of interest is building veterinary and laboratory capacity internationally with obvious benefits for global biosecurity. This interest has been developed through several international collaborations on rabies, where I have combined technical assistance with research on the epidemiology of rabies.