Prof. Diane Newell


Professor Diane G. Newell developed a research interest in zoonotic diseases, especially those transmitted via food, firstly while working for the UK Public Health Laboratory Service and then for the Veterinary Laboratories Agency. Her research has generated over 170 publications mainly on the immunology, pathogenesis, epidemiology, control and prevention of intestinal infectious diseases caused by agents including Campylobacter, Helicobacter, Yersinia, and Esherichia coli.

In 1992 she was awarded the F C Donders Chair at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University, the Netherlands. She has also held Visiting Professorships at the Royal Veterinary College, London and Bristol University Veterinary School and is currently Visiting Professor at Surrey University Veterinary School and at the Royal Agricultural University. During 2003-2008 Diane planned, implemented and directed MedVetNet, a European network on zoonotic diseases; co-ordinating the research of over 500 scientists from 16 institutes in 10 countries.

Over the last 20 years she has advised and worked with many national and international governmental agencies, NGOs and commercial organisations. In 2009 Professor Newell was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for Services to Science.