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Liam Morrison

Personal Chair of Veterinary Parasitology

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Phone: +44(0)131 651 9470Fax: +44(0)131 651 9105

Willingness to take PhD students: Yes

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Glasgow
The dynamics and nature of the hierarchical expression of VSGs during Trypanosoma brucei infection.
Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine & Surgery, University of Glasgow
Bachelor of Science, University of Glasgow

Professional Qualifications

2000Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, MRCVS

Current Research Interests

I am interested in the infection biology of protozoan parasites of livestock. I am particularly attracted to integrated approaches where we can learn about both host and parasite processes that are key to infection/disease progression – especially in the clinically relevant host, the cow. I work primarily on African trypanosomes, but also on Theileria parva , which together are the most significant pathogens affecting livestock in sub-Saharan Africa. I also work on Cryptosporidium parvum, a worldwide enteric pathogen of humans and livestock.

My work aims to identify key host-parasite interactions that determine disease outcome, further our understanding of bovine immunobiology, and identify targets for interventions (e.g. drug & vaccine development).

Research students

PhD (*primary supervisor)

Charlotte McCarroll (University of Glasgow) 2010-2014

Alison Burrells (Moredun Research Institute) 2010-2014

Olumide Ajibola (University of Glasgow) 2011-2015

Heli Vaikinnen (University of Glasgow) 2011-2016

Omar Alfituri (Roslin Institute) 2014-2018

Hannah Shaw (Moredun Research Institute) 2015-2019

*Fiona Allan (Roslin Institute) 2015-2019

Kirsty McWilliam (University of Edinburgh) 2015-2019

*Jessica Powell (Roslin Institute) 2016-2020

*James Iremonger (Roslin Institute) 2017-2020

*Benjamin Nzau (Roslin Institute) - 2020-2024

*Shannon Massey (Roslin Institute) - 2020-2024

*Enock Mararo (Roslin Institute) - 2020-2023


Keely Young (Moredun Research Institute) 2013-2014


MSc Animal Bioscience

One Health, Zoonoses and Emerging Infections

Module co-ordinator and member of Examiner's Board

Research activities & awards

  1. Opportunities for advancing the bovine infection model in African Trypanosomiasis.

    Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesInvited talk

  2. Integrated host-pathogen approaches to analysing trypanosome infections.

    Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesInvited talk

  3. An integrated host-pathogen approach to analysing trypanosome infections.

    Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesInvited talk

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