We work closely with colleagues in basic science, medical and veterinary institutions on a range of zoonotic and emerging disease projects. An important underlying theme is that of “One Health” considering human and animal disease in a common framework. In Liverpool, we are part of the Institute of Infection and Global Health.

In East Africa, we are affiliated to the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), and jointly with these organisations, we operate two major study sites, in western Kenya and in the city of Nairobi, investigating zoonotic pathogens.  We liaise closely with the Government of Kenya Zoonotic Disease Unit (ZDU), a One Health focussed structure which creates an interface between our scientific work and policy.

Our Flagship Projects

 New Project at Western Kenya [ZELS]1. Zoonoses in Livestock in Kenya (ZooLinK): The goal of the ZooLinK project is to enable Kenya to develop an effective national surveillance programme for zoonoses (infectious diseases acquired through contact with animals or their products).Learn more


Bats and zoonoses

2. Pathogens and Disease ecology in bats: This project will examine bats and rodents from around households in western Kenya for known and emerging zoonotic pathogens.Learn more

Urban Livestock Production

3. Urban Zoo project: “Epidemiology, ecology and socio-economics of disease emergence in Nairobi.” This project is focused around the important question of pathogen emergence, and the role of urbanisation in the emergence of zoonotic pathogens.Learn more

Pig value chain

4. PAZ Project : This project deals with zoonotic infections amongst livestock and the farmers who keep them in Western Kenya.Learn more


5.The HORN project seeks to improve the health and wealth of the people of the Horn of Africa (Kenya, Ethiopia, Eritrea and Somalia) by increasing the local capacity to undertake high-quality research in the interactions between people, animals and the environment – One Health. resources are limited.Learn more

6.The partnership for a cross-disciplinary approach to the ecology of antimicrobial drug resistance in Kenya project seeks to conduct in-depth research on antibacterial resistance in clinical and community settings to understand patterns of resistance, transmission of bacteria and their resistance determinants and genome-based studies of resistance evolution. Learn more



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