Professor Elisabeth Innes

Professor Elisabeth Innes

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


Elisabeth has an honours degree in Immunology from the University of Glasgow and a PhD in Tropical Animal Health from the University of Edinburgh. She 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 looking at developing solutions to control diseases caused by protozoan parasites. She has published over 170 scientific articles and is an Honorary Fellow of the University of Edinburgh in recognition of her contribution to teaching both undergraduate and post-graduate students.

Following a sabbatical year spent in Hong Kong in 2002-03 where she studied journalism and photography, she became more interested in science communication, knowledge exchange and education. Elisabeth took up a new position as Director of Communications at Moredun  in 2008, although still retaining her research interests. She is also CEO of the Creative Science Company a spin out from Moredun established in 2008.

She was recently awarded Honorary Professorships from Heriot Watt University and the University of Edinburgh.

Current Research

  • Host-pathogen interactions in livestock species infected with Neospora caninum, Toxoplasma gondii and Cryptosporidium spp
  • Understanding protective immune responses against intracellular pathogens and developing novel vaccine targets
  • Understanding disease risk posed by congenitally infected animals and the immune response to the endogenous infection
  • Transmission routes of zoonotic pathogens, Toxoplasma gondii and Cryptosporidium spp
  • Risk to public health from environmental contamination with Zoonotic protozoa

Selected Key Publications