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Dr Tom McNeilly

Dr Tom McNeilly

Tom McNeilly

 +44 (0)131 445 5111

Bush Loan
EH26 0PZ


Tom's major interests are in mucosal immunology, specifically host-pathogen interactions at mucosal surfaces, and how these may inform future disease control strategies. In addition to exploring basic immunological questions in ruminant species, his work is also involved in the development of vaccines to control veterinary pathogens residing at mucosal surfaces, such as Escherichia coli O157:H7 in cattle and Teladorsagia circumcincta in sheep. He also has an interest in the immune basis of disease resistance and susceptibility in ruminant species. 

Current Interests:

  • Development of vaccines against E. Coli O157:H7 and Teladorsagia circumcincta
  • Investigation of immune-regulation in ruminants in relation to parasitic and bacterial diseases
  • Identification of blood immune markers relating to disease susceptibility or resistance in ruminant populations

Leading Ideas

  • Livestock Diseases
  • Livestock improvement

Area of Strategic Research Programme

Further information the Scottish Government's Strategic Research Programme is available

  • Theme 2: Productive and sustainable land management and Rural Economies
  • 2.2 - Livestock Production, Health, Welfare, and Disease Control
  • 2.2.3 Disease mechanisms
  • 2.2.5 Novel vaccines
  • 2.3 - Productive and Sustainable Land Management
  • 2.3.8 Alternative approaches to sustainable land management