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Wildlife Veterinarian with Smithsonian's Global Health Program, and adjunct Assistant Professor, Yale University

James Hassell is an epidemiologist and wildlife veterinarian with the Smithsonian's Global Health Program, and Assistant Professor Adjunct in Epidemiology at Yale University School of Public Health. He leads and advances the Smithsonian Global Health Program's work in Kenya, which looks to combine capacity building with cutting-edge research to mitigate risk at the interface between wildlife, livestock and human health. Through his work with the Smithsonian, he aims to promote the conservation of species and their ecosystems, while protecting human and wildlife health. James completed his veterinary degree at the Royal Veterinary College in London, and received his PhD in epidemiology from the University of Liverpool Institute of Infection and Global Health. He is currently completing a European College of Zoological Medicine residency with a focus on wildlife population health.


  • 2019–present
    Wildlife veterinarian, Smithsonian Global Health Program
  • 2020–present
    Assistant professor, Yale School of Public Health