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Nigel French

Distinguished Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Public Health, Massey University

I am an infectious disease epidemiologist specialising in the application of genomics for the control of diseases transmitted between animals and people (zoonoses). I am Chief Science Advisor for Te Niwha, the infectious diseases platform, and Emeritus Director of The New Zealand Food Safety Science and Research Centre.


  • 2022–present
    Chief Science Advisor, Te Niwha
  • 2004–present
    Professor, Massey University


  • 1993 
    University of Bristol, UK, PhD in Epidemiology
  • 1993 
    University of London (LSHTM), MSc(Epidemiology)
  • 1987 
    University of Bristol, BVSc


Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand, Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit