Dr Tom McNeilly is an immunologist and infectious disease biologist with expertise in translational aspects of ruminant immunology, including vaccine development and population-based studies on immune variation in livestock species. He has been involved in the development vaccines to control parasitic, viral and bacterial infections in both cattle and sheep, and has identified a number of immune traits in ruminants associated with increased resistance to disease. He has published over 60 refereed publications in international journals.
His current interests are focused on a number of areas including: 1. The development of vaccines against major pathogens of sheep and cattle, including ovine and bovine gastro-intestinal nematodes (GIN), enterohaemorrhagic Escherichia coli and Coxiella burnetii; 2. Immune-regulation in ruminants in relation to parasitic and bacterial diseases; 3. The causes and consequences of immune variation in in ruminant populations including trade-offs between productivity and immune function.