Mark Woolhouse is Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at the University of Edinburgh, U.K. He studied biology and ecology at the Universities of Oxford and York in the U.K. and Queen’s in Canada, then held Research Fellowships at the University of Zimbabwe, Imperial College London and Oxford, before moving to Edinburgh in 1997. His research interests concern the population dynamics of pathogens, especially those associated with emerging infectious diseases and antimicrobial resistance, applying ecological and evolutionary approaches to combat threats to both human and animal health. He is a frequent advisor to the UK government and was awarded an OBE in 2002. He has published over 250 scientific articles and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and of the Academy of Medical Sciences.