Cozee Zoonoses Network

Steering Group

Professor Lee Innes

Principal Scientist & Director of Communications, Moredun Research Institute

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.

Professor David GE Smith

Principal Scientist, Moredun Research Institute

David G E Smith holds a joint appointment between the University of Glasgow and Moredun Research Institute. He graduated with BSc Hons in Medical Microbiology from University of Edinburgh, where he also conducted his PhD in Medical Microbiology. David took up his post in October 2003, extending the research activities of the two institutions in the field of foodborne pathogens, specifically E. coli O157:H7 and related VTEC/STEC.  He also brought new research areas in gastrointestinal infections to the research portfolio, including the porcine enteric pathogens Lawsonia intracellularis and Brachyspira spp.  David’s role also involves overseeing the development of the Moredun Proteomics Facility.

Before joining Moredun, David spent 9½ years in lecturing positions at the University of Edinburgh where he specialised in bacterial pathogens of livestock and he maintains a wide interest across a range of bacterial pathogens of animals and humans.  The underlying theme of his work is improving the understanding of how these micro-organisms cause disease in order to identify components that may be used in controlling these infections.  Research approaches incorporate “omics” (genomics & proteomics) into the study of bacterium-host interactions.

Dr Kevin Pollock

Senior Epidemiologist, Health Protection Scotland

Kevin has a PhD in vaccine adjuvants and the manipulation of the immune response.  He currently works as a senior epidemiologist at HPS working in both the zoonoses team and the vaccine-preventable disease team.  Kevin provides operational support for outbreaks/incidents, surveillance and research activities on a number of zoonoses including VTEC, Crypto, Giardia and Q fever and also acted as a short-term WHO consultant, co-ordinating the response to a massive outbreak of norovirus in Montenegro, 2008.  Kevin is interested in epidemiology and virulence of all zoonotic pathogens and is currently a tutor for the Outbreak Management and Epidemiology & Surveillance modules of the MSc in Infection Control at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI).

Dr Nicola Holden

Molecular Microbiologist, The James Hutton Institute

Nicola is a molecular microbiologist at the James Hutton Institute (since 2007) where the main focus of her research is in the interactions between human pathogenic enterobacteria and plant hosts. The work aims to determine the molecular basis to bacterial adherence and colonisation of plants as well as the population genetics of environmental isolates. Nicola’s post-doctoral research was carried out with David Gally, in Veterinary Pathology at the University of Edinburgh (2000 – 2007) and her PhD was with Maurice Gallagher in the Institute of Cell and Molecular Sciences, also Edinburgh.

Professor Chris J Spray MBE

Chair of Water Science and Policy at the UNESCO IHP-HELP Centre of Water Law, Policy and Science, University of Dundee

Currently Chair of Water Science and Policy at the UNESCO IHP-HELP Centre of Water Law, Policy and Science, University of Dundee. Having worked in environmental conservation, water service provision and regulation for 25 years, including Director of Environment for Northumbrian Water and Director of Environmental Science for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), Chris’ academic interest in Zoonoses now focuses on the importance of taking a catchment approach to their control, and on the links between science and policy. With a particular interest in water and wetland environments, Chris sees the basis for intervention strategies to prevent and control Zoonoses starting with a holistic, catchment approach, where land management options should not only reduce risk from zoonoses, but also provide a range of other ecosystem services (biodiversity, landscape, water quality, flood risk reduction, etc) to local communities. Most of his catchment work is on wetland ecosystems in the Tweed, with an interest in expanding this to include aspects of zoonoses control. 


Cameron Stewart BVMS, MPH, DipECVPH, MRCVS

Veterinary Officer, Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency

Cameron is a Veterinary Officer (field) with Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency of Defra and a recognised specialist in Veterinary Public Health.  Between 1999 and 2007 Cameron was on one day per week secondment to Health Protection Scotland as a Veterinary Advisor where he was involved in a number of epidemiological studies and outbreaks of zoonoses.  In 2003, Cameron completed a Master of Public Health degree at Glasgow University and in 2004 was elected a Dipolomate of the European College of Veterinary Public Health.  Cameron is a member of the Human Animal Infection Risk Surveillance and UK Zoonoses Animal Diseases and Infection groups and chairs the Scottish Zoonoses Group.


Dr Jacqui McElhiney 

Senior Policy Advisor in Foodborne Disease, Food Standards Agency in Scotland

Jacqui joined the Food Standards Agency in 2004 as a scientific advisor in shellfish safety, following 5 years of post-doctoral research in the purification, detection and biological effects of algal biotoxins. Her scientific background is in molecular microbiology and biochemistry, but she has gained extensive experience in all areas of food safety during her career at the FSA. Between 2005 and 2009 she headed up a team of scientists to develop the FSA in Scotland’s research programme on the microbiological and chemical safety of food, and since 2010 has led on the implementation of the FSA’s Foodborne Disease Strategy (FDS) in Scotland, which aims to reduce foodborne zoonotic infection in the Scottish population.

Jacqui works closely with other FSA colleagues as part of the UK wide FDS team, and her role requires her to input into the direction of Scottish research programmes on foodborne disease with a focus on Campylobacter, Listeria and VTEC, and to work with the Industry, Local Authorities and organisations such as Health Protection Scotland to improve understanding of microbiological risks in the food chain and to develop strategies for controlling foodborne disease in Scotland. She also provides scientific support in the management of food incidents and outbreaks, and acts as Scottish spokesperson for the FSA’s food hygiene campaigns, to disseminate messages on domestic food hygiene for consumers.

Other CoZEE Steering Group Members:


Charlotte Maltin

Quality Meat Scotland


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