Alborada Professor of Equine and Farm Animal Science
James 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 the population and metapopulation. His group studies the epidemiological dynamics of various virus infections of humans and other animals, including influenza, African horse sickness, rabies and emergent lyssavirus as well as henipavirus infections and the methods needed to study them; bovine tuberculosis is also an important focus. Recently funded studies include the transmission dynamics of mammalian influenza viruses and their variants through natural hosts, the dynamics of emergent viral infections in bats, in particular Eidolon helvum, in Ghana, orbivirus dynamics and bovine tuberculosis control. He co-supervises several students working on these broad areas.