Assoc Prof Allan Murray

Associate Professor
Institute of Veterinary Animal and Biomedical Sciences

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Assoc Prof Allan Murray

Biographical Information

Alan is the programme leader of Massey University's Mycobacterial Research Group that focuses on the interaction of pathogenic mycobacteria with the mammalian immune system. The aim is to make a safe, effective vaccine against Johne's disease - a wasting condition of sheep, cattle and deer caused by Mycobacterium avium subspecies, paratuberculosis. The research is funded by Meat & Wool New Zealand and Massey University since 1998 and has so far resulted in two international patent applications.

Born in the UK, Alan attended the University of Southampton where he was awarded a BSc.(Hons) Physiology with Biochemistry in 1978 and a PhD in Medical Microbiology in 1985. Following Post Doctoral Research positions in Clinical Pharmacology and Renal Physiology at the University of Southampton and the University of Keele in Staffordshire, Alan arrived in New Zealand in 1987 as a UGC Postdoctoral Fellow.

He became a lecturer at Massey's Department of Veterinary Pathology & Public Health in 1991 and Associate Professor at its Institute of Veterinary Animal and Biomedical Sciences in 2004.


Antimicrobial resistant bacteria on livestock farms, infectious and zoonotic disease, enteric and faecal bacteria