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Professor Elisabeth Innes

Professor Elisabeth Innes

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


Elisabeth has conducted research in the area of infectious diseases of livestock at several different research institutes in UK and Africa and currently leads a group at Moredun Research Institute in Edinburgh, looking at developing solutions to control diseases caused by protozoan parasites. Following a sabbatical year spent in Hong Kong where she studied journalism and photography she took up a new position as Director of Communications at Moredun in 2008, although still retaining her research interests.  Elisabeth was awarded an MBE in the New Years Honours in 2015 for services to scientific research and science communication and also holds Honorary Professorships from Heriot Watt University, University of Edinburgh and University of Glasgow. Elisabeth recently received an award for outstanding contribution to Knowledge Exchange at the Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards in February 2017, was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2017 and an Associate of the Royal Agricultural Societies in 2019.  She is passionate about science communication and public engagement and improving the health and welfare of livestock through research and education. Elisabeth is on the BBC agriculture and rural affairs advisory committee and is on the Editorial Board of Trends in Parasitology.

Current Research

Current research interests

  • Undestanding host-pathogen interactions to inform vaccine design and disease control strategies
  • Pathogen virulence and development of relevant in vitro systems
  • Disease epidemiology and the interactions between livestock and wildlife
  • A One Health approach to tackle zoonotic diseases
  • Knowledge Exchange and Public Engagement

Selected Key Publications