Colin McInnes is currently Deputy Director of the Moredun Group.
Colin moved to Moredun over 20 years ago from Glasgow University where he had obtained his PhD. He joined a group working to develop techniques and reagents to study the ovine immune response to infection.
In 2003 he became a Principal Scientist at Moredun, specialising in parapoxvirus infections of ruminants and wildlife. His group was the first to characterise the poxvirus responsible for the deaths of red squirrels, a major contributory factor in their decline within the UK.
- Developing better diagnostics and control measures for parapoxvirus infections of livestock
- Understanding the epidemiology of squirrelpox virus infection in grey squirrels
- Investigating the feasibility of producing a vaccine against squirrelpox virus in order to protect red squirrels