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Dr Colin McInnes

Dr Colin McInnes

Moredun Research Institute
Pentlands Science Park
Bush Loan
Midlothian EH26 0PZ


Colin McInnes is currently Deputy Director at Moredun. Colin moved to Moredun over 20 years ago from Glasgow University where he had obtained his PhD. He joined a group working to develop techniques and reagents to study the ovine immune response to infection. In 2003 he became a principal research scientist at Moredun specialising in parapoxvirus infections of ruminants and wildlife. His group was the first to characterise the poxvirus responsible for the deaths of red squirrels, a major contributory factor in their decline within the UK. 

Current Research

  • Developing better diagnostics and control measures for parapoxvirus infections of livestock
  • Understanding the epidemiology of squirrelpox virus infection in grey squirrels
  • Investigating the feasibility of producing a vaccine against squirrelpox virus in order to protect red squirrels

Selected Key Publications