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Dr Liam Morrison

Senior Research Fellow

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Phone: +44(0)131 651 9470

Fax: +44(0)131 651 9105

Willingness to take Ph.D. 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 Science, University of Glasgow
Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine & Surgery, 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

*Laura Vezza (Roslin Institute) 2014-2018

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


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

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