Professor James Wood

Alborada Professor of Equine and Farm Animal Science at Department of Veterinary Medicine, University of Cambridge

Co-Chair, Cambridge Infectious Diseases, and Head of the Department of Veterinary Medicine

James Wood is co-chair of Cambridge Infectious Diseases and Head of the Department of Veterinary Medicine

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

  • 24 April 2024, 5:30pm

    2024 CSaP Annual Cleevely Lecture: Dr Dave Smith, National Technology Adviser

    The Government, science policy, and products - from concept to consumer: After six months as the first full time National Techology Adviser, Dave Smith will reflect on how UK government investment in the science base supports our private sector and how the Science and Technology Framework guides government innovation policy today.

  • 11 March 2022, 5:30pm

    Democracy and distrust after the pandemic

    The 2022 Dr Seng Tee Lee Lecture was delivered by Professor Shelia Jasanoff, Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies at Harvard Kennedy School.