Mark Woolhouse is Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. He trained as a population biologist with a BA from Oxford (UK), a MSc from York (UK) and a PhD from Queen’s (Canada) before turning to epidemiology, holding research posts at the University of Zimbabwe, Imperial College London (MRC Training Fellowship), the University of Oxford (Beit Memorial Fellowship and Royal Society University Research Fellowship), and now Edinburgh (initially in the School of Veterinary Studies). He has worked on a variety of infectious disease systems: human schistosomiasis (involving extensive field work in rural Zimbabwe); verocytotoxigenic E. coli in cattle (in rural Scotland); the epidemiology and transmission biology of foot-and-mouth disease in livestock; trypanosomiasis in humans, cattle and tsetse (in east and southern Africa); and transmissible spongiform encephalopathies in cattle (BSE) and sheep (scrapie). He has published over 150 scientific papers on these and other topics. He was a government advisor during the UK 2001 foot-and-mouth disease epidemic (work for which he was awarded an OBE in 2002) and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.