Our team includes prominent scientists who are engaged in both applied research concerning multihost pathogens and fundamental research regarding pathogen evolution and disease emergence.  The disciplines within the group cover the spectrum of population-based infectious disease from microbiology, through population genetics, epidemiology, molecular epidemiology, disease ecology, statistics, mathematical modelling, and public health.

Our goal is to become an integral part of New Zealand's core capability for infectious disease management, and the research we carry out aims to contribute towards:

  • Better health for New Zealanders.
  • Decreasing the economic burden from infectious disease.
  • Improving border and post-border Biosecurity.
  • Reducing our impact on the natural environment.
  • Sustaining New Zealand's access to international export markets.
  • Training the next generation of skilled biomedical research scientists.



David Hayman and Reed Hranac present at the International Bat Research Conference.


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Dr David Hayman and PhD student Reed Hranac recently presented at the International Bat Research Conference in Umhlanga, Durban. With warm weather and beautiful scenery (as depicted in some of the photos) it was clearly an ideal location for a conference. The conference brings together researchers from around the world to present their research on a range of topics including disease ecology, bats and pollution, reproduction, bat hunting, and the biology of sensory adaptations.


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