Professor James Wood BSc BVetMed MSc PhD MA MRCVS DipECVPH DLSHTM


  • ALBORADA Professor of Equine & Farm Animal Science & Head, CU Dept of Veterinary Medicine
  • Director, Cambridge Infectious Diseases Consortium

James Wood has been a Fellow of Wolfson since 2009. He is an infectious disease epidemiologist based in the Department of Veterinary Medicine. His research interests focus on disease emergence and include influenza, particularly swine and equine, bovine tuberculosis and emerging viruses from bats in Africa, particularly Ghana. He is also responsible for the farm animal and equine sections in the vet school.

James intercalated in physiology at University College London (BSc, 1985) before completing his veterinary degree at the Royal Veterinary College (BVetMed, 1988). After spells in private veterinary practice, running a commercial lamb production trial and working on BSE for MAFF (1990), he completed an MSc in Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (1991). He worked at the Animal Health Trust in Newmarket for 15 years, completing his PhD in 1997 (OU) and leaving as head of epidemiology in 2004. He joined the University as Director of The Cambridge Infectious Diseases Consortium in 2005 and was elected (the first) ALBORADA Professor of Equine and Farm Animal Science in 2008.

James has been a supporter and trustee of Survival International for many years since working as a student volunteer; he was elected chair in 2009. He is an enthusiastic but very poor kayaker.

James’ position and research is generously supported by The ALBORADA Trust.