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WHO Collaborating Centre

for Modelling, Evolution and Control of Emerging Infectious Diseases

Studying at Cambridge


Professor Jonathan Heeney

Professor of Comparative Pathology

Head of the Laboratory of Viral Zoonotics, Department of Veterinary Medicine


Jonathan Heeney’s research interests focus on cross species transmission of viruses, and the co-evolution of viruses and their hosts. Ongoing projects include the impact of retroviruses and non RT encoding RNA viruses (i.e. arenaviruses) on evolution, the search for novel hepatitis viruses, the dynamics of noroviruses, and asymptomatic immune suppressing viral infections that facilitate bacterial co-infections. The LVZ is a BSL-3 facility and translates its knowledge to rationally design novel vaccines for the prevention of diseases caused by notoriously variable viral pathogens.

Departments and Institutes

Department of Veterinary Medicine: