Professor Wood is a veterinary epidemiologist with research interests in emerging and zoonotic infectious diseases, especially bat transmitted viruses in sub-Saharan Africa and bovine tuberculosis.
He is Alborada Professor of Equine and Farm Animal Medicine and Head of University of Cambridge Vet School. He also co-chairs the Cambridge Infectious Diseases Interdisciplinary Research Centre and conducts multidisciplinary research on infectious diseases.
Professor Wood said: “I am delighted and surprised to receive this! I feel very privileged to be part of the amazing international communities at Wolfson College and my research networks around the world; also to receive the amazing support from my funders. I am lucky to do a job that I love (most of the time!).”
He is 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 sustainable research.
Jane Clarke, Wolfson President, said: "I am absolutely delighted to hear that James' important research into diseases transmissible from animals to humans has been recognised by his inclusion in this year’s Birthday Honours List. Congratulations James!”
And you can watch Professor Wood’s talk, ‘Diseases without Borders: what can we do to combat the next pandemic’, presented as part of the Science Society and Wolfson Explores Borders series, in our Media Collection.