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Prof Andrew Cunningham

Andrew Cunningham
  • Location: London
  • Year of Fellowship: 2016
  • Route to Fellowship: Meritorious Contributions to Knowledge

Field of work

Research institutes

Areas of special interest

  • wildlife conservation
  • disease ecology
  • zoonotic disease emergence

Areas of support

  • Collaborative research
  • One Health Agenda
  • Professional mentoring
  • Promoting knowledge and best practice
  • Public engagement
  • Translating research into veterinary practice

Professional positions

  • Professor of Wildlife Epidemiology, Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London
  • Honorary Professor, University College London
  • Visiting Professor, Royal Veterinary College
  • Visiting Professor, Universidad Andres Bello
  • Visiting Professor, University of Leeds


Andrew Cunningham is Deputy Director of Science at the Zoological Society of London, where he has worked since 1988, initially as veterinary pathologist and, most recently, as Professor of Wildlife Epidemiology.

Andrew investigates infectious and non-infectious disease threats to wildlife conservation, including disease ecology and the drivers of disease emergence and zoonotic spill-over. He has published > 400 scientific articles, including primary data and reviews on wildlife disease and emerging infectious diseases, including a seminal paper on emerging infectious disease threats to biodiversity and public health which was published in Science in 2000.

He discovered a new epidemic ranaviral disease of amphibians in Europe and he published the first definitive report of the global extinction of a species by an infectious disease. He has led several international and multi-disciplinary wildlife disease research projects, including the investigation of vulture declines in South Asia and the international team that discovered the fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis as a cause of global amphibian declines. He is a member of DEFRA’s GB Wildlife Disease Surveillance Partnership and he led the team that discovered a novel disease causing greenfinch declines in the UK. In 2010, he won a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award for his work on zoonotic viruses in African bats, a project which he continues to co-lead with colleagues in the Universities of Ghana and Cambridge.

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