Catherine O'Connor

Contact details:
Room 353, Jarrett Building
Boyd Orr Centre for Population and Ecosystem Health
Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health & Comparative Medicine
College of Medical, Veterinary & Life Sciences
University of Glasgow
Bearsden Road
Glasgow, G61 1QH

E-mail: c.o'

Academic History

  • September 2008-Present: PhD: Study of the spatiotemporal distribution of genotypes of Mycobacterium bovis in British cattle and badgers supervised by Rowland Kao and Dan Haydon
  • 2007-2008: Masters of Veterinary Public Health, University of Glasgow
  • 2002-2006: BSc Hons. Microbiology, National University of Ireland, Cork

Employment History

  • Summer 2008: Scientific Officer, Food Standards Agency, London
  • 2006-2007: Quality Control Technician, Kerry Foods, Ireland

Research Interests

My current research is looking at the spatiotemporal distribution of genotypes of M. bovis in both the cattle and badger populations in Britain. By examining data recorded over the previous ten years, I hope to identify the role the two animal species and the different M. bovis genotypes play in the ongoing bovine tuberculosis epidemic. The ultimate aim of this project is to identify potential measure that could be introduced to control bovine tuberculosis in Britain.

Other interests of mine include animal zoonotic diseases, especially those of non-food animals, e.g. Bat Lyssavirus and MRSA in pets. My masters' dissertation involved looking at the zoonotic risks of Streptococcus infections in equids.