Mark Woolhouse

Mark Woolhouse is Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. He trained as a population biologist with a BA from Oxford (UK), a MSc from York (UK) and a PhD from Queen's (Canada) before turning to epidemiology, holding research posts at the University of Zimbabwe, Imperial College London (MRC Training Fellowship), the University of Oxford (Beit Memorial Fellowship and Royal Society University Research Fellowship), and now Edinburgh (currently in the Usher Institute). His current research interests are in antimicrobial resistance, emerging viral diseases and health systems in Africa. He has previously worked on a variety of infectious disease systems: infections of indigenous cattle (in rural Kenya); human schistosomiasis (in rural Zimbabwe); E. coli in humans and livestock (in rural Scotland and urban Kenya); the epidemiology and transmission biology of foot-and-mouth disease in livestock; African trypanosomiasis in humans, cattle and tsetse; influenza in humans and animals; epidemiology and phylodynamics of MRSA; and transmissible spongiform encephalopathies in cattle (BSE) and sheep (scrapie). He has published over 250 scientific papers on these and other topics. He was a government advisor during the UK 2001 foot-and-mouth disease epidemic (work for which he was awarded an OBE in 2002) and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences. (See this link for more about Mark Woolhouse's background and interests).