Head of Department and Alborada Professor of Equine and Farm Animal Science, Department of Veterinary Medicine, University of Cambridge
Within the School of Veterinary Medicine, Professor James Wood is the Head of Department and Alborada Professor of Equine and Farm Animal Science, and former Director of the Cambridge Infectious Diseases Consortium. The CIDC was formed in 2004 to conduct high quality infectious disease research and to enhance training of veterinarians in infectious disease science.
Professor Wood's research interests centre on the dynamic processes found at the heart of every infectious disease, at scales from the cellular and sub-cellular through to the more traditionally studied epidemiological scales of populations and metapopulations. He combines mathematical modelling and more traditional epidemiological approaches with detailed molecular studies of pathogen and host in a multidisciplinary framework.
He has particular interests in the epidemiological dynamics of various virus infections of humans and other animals, including influenza, African horse sickness 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. Professor Wood is current conducting several related studies including investigating the transmission dynamics of mammalian influenza viruses and their variants through natural hosts, orbivirus dynamics and bovine tuberculosis control.