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.



Sam Bloomfield , Research into cause of human salmonellosis cases in New Zealand.

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 In New Zealand, most salmonellosis cases are caused by Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium. In 1998, Salmonella Typhimurium DT160 was isolated from a human salmonellosis patient in New Zealand. S. Typhimurium DT160 then became the predominant strain isolated from human salmonellosis cases until 2010. During this time, S. Typhimurium DT160 infected and killed multiple wild birds throughout New Zealand, and was isolated from a large number of other animals (e.g. cows and chickens).


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