Dr Ian Sutherland

Team Leader
Animal Health

+64 6 351 8655

Dr Ian Sutherland

Biographical Information

My background encompasses several areas of parasitology research, and I have a special interest in bridging the gap between field- and laboratory-based science. As the leader of the Immunoparasitology Team, my main focus is to mitigate the impact of parasitic diseases on the New Zealand pastoral industries by improved understanding of host-parasite interactions, and by the development and application of new immune-based technologies to reduce production loss.

I attained my first degree in 1983 - a Bachelor of Science in Parasitology from the University of Glasgow. In 1987 I completed my PhD - Anthelmintic Resistance in Nematodes - from the University of Leeds. In 2005 I obtained a Diploma in Professional Writing from the Australian College of Journalism.

I joined AgResearch Grasslands in 1995, with my previous work experience including eight years post-doctoral experience in Scotland on drug resistance and immunity to tropical diseases. With AgResearch, I spent seven years in the Applied Parasitology team before moving to Queensland in 2002 to start up a new research group for the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). I returned to New Zealand in 2005 to form my own consultancy and freelance writing company, before re-joining AgResearch on the formation of the Hopkirk Institute.


Parasitology, immunoparasitology