Infection Medicine

Dr Ewan MacLeod

My main research interest is in the interaction between pathogens and their insect vectors. This work mainly focuses on how and why parasites live or die in their vector, which may involve a process similar to apoptosis (programmed cell death).

Dr Ewan MacLeod


  • 1 George Square
  • Edinburgh
  • EH8 9LD

Contact details

Personal Profile

  • Teaching Fellow International Animal Health MSc programme- 2006-2008
  • Educational coordinator International Animal Health and Emerging Neglected and Infectious Diseases MSc programmes 2008-2010.
  • Programme Director International Animal Health 2011-present

I am the Programme Director of the International Animal Health MSc. This is an online MSc that provides a solid foundation of biological, immunological, pathological and epidemiological principles to equip students with the skills needed to identify, control and manage animal diseases. We aim to provide you with the expertise to tackle the international animal health challenges of the 21st Century.


Postgraduate Teaching

  • International Animal Health
  • Clinical Medicine and Infectious Disease
  • Global Health and Infectious Disease
  • Biodiversity Wildlife and Ecosystem Health

Undergraduate Teaching

  • Microorganisms Infection and Immunity 2
  • Medical Microbiology 3
  • Global Health and Infectious Disease
  • Diagnostics and therapeutics for infectious disease
  • Antibiotic Crisis

Research Focus

My main research interest is in the epidemiology of vector borne diseases. I have particular interest in African trypanosomes vectored by tsetse flies and the role that endosymbionts play in susceptibility.

Research Themes

Lab Members

  • Malimba Lisulo (PhD student)

Recent Publications

Bovine and small ruminant African animal trypanosomiasis in Nigeria – A review

Odeniran, P., ADEMOLA1, I. O., MacLeod, E. & Welburn, S. Aug 2018 In : Veterinary Parasitology: Regional Studies and Reports. 13

An Agent-Based Model of Tsetse Fly Response to Seasonal Climatic Drivers: Assessing the Impact on Sleeping Sickness Transmission Rates

Alderton, S., MacLeod, E., Anderson, N., Palmer, G., Machila, N., Simuunza, M., Welburn, S. & Atkinson, P. M. 9 Feb 2018 In : PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases. 12, 2, e0006188

People, patches and parasites: the case of trypanosomiasis in Zimbabwe

Scoones, I., Dzingirai, V., Anderson, N., MacLeod, E., Mangwanya, L., Matawa, F., Murwira, A., Nyakupinda, L., Shereni, W. & Welburn, S. Oct 2017 In : Human Ecology. 45, 5, p. 643-654

Molecular Characterization of Escherichia coli O157:H7 and non-O157 Shiga Toxin Producing E. coli from Retail Meat and Humans

Ahmed, H. A., MacLeod, E., M. El Bayomi, R., A. Mohsen, R. & Nassar, A. H. 29 Sep 2017 In : Zagazig Veterinary Journal. 45, 250-261

Trypanosomiasis challenge estimation using the diminazene-aceturate (Berenil) index in Zebu in Gabon

Cossic, B. G. A., Adjahoutonon, B., Gloaguen, P., Dibanganga, G. L., Maganga, G., Leroy, P., MacLeod, E. T. & Picozzi, K. Mar 2017 In : Tropical Animal Health and Production. 49, 3, p. 619-624 6 p.

A Multi-Host Agent-Based Model for a Zoonotic, Vector-Borne Disease. A Case Study on Trypanosomiasis in Eastern Province, Zambia

Alderton, S., MacLeod, E. T., Anderson, N. E., Schaten, K., Kuleszo, J., Simuunza, M., Welburn, S. C. & Atkinson, P. M. 27 Dec 2016 In : PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases. 10, 12, e0005252

Sample diversity adds value to non-invasive genetic assessment of a pine marten (Martes martes) population in Galloway Forest, southwest Scotland

Croose, E., Birks, J. D. S., O’Reilly, C., Turner, P., Martin, J. & MacLeod, E. 29 Dec 2015 In : Mammal Research. 9 p.

Contribution of draft cattle to rural livelihoods in a district of southeastern Uganda endemic for bovine parasitic diseases: an economic evaluation

Okello, W., Muhanguzi, D., MacLeod, E., Welburn, S., Waiswa, C. & Shaw, A. P. 5 Nov 2015 In : Parasites and Vectors.

A Field Survey for the Seroprevalence of Theileria equi and Babesia caballi in Donkeys from Nuu Division, Kenya

Oduori, D. O., Onyango, S. C., Kimari, J. N. & Macleod, E. T. 3 Jun 2015 In : Ticks and tick-borne diseases.

Development of Real Time PCR to Study Experimental Mixed Infections of T. congolense Savannah and T. b. brucei in Glossina morsitans morsitans

Ahmed, H. A., MacLeod, E., Welburn, S. & Picozzi, K. 4 Mar 2015 In : PLoS One. 10, 3, e0117147