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Professor David Murdoch

David Murdoch

Head of Department, Department of Pathology

MB ChB, MD (Otago), MSc (Lond), DTM&H (Liv), FRACP, FRCPA, FFSc(RCPA)


Professor David Murdoch heads the Department of Pathology at the University of Otago, Christchurch.

He is a Senior Associate in the Department of International Health at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, and a clinical microbiologist at Canterbury Health Laboratories.

Research Interests

David’s main research interests are the epidemiology, diagnosis and prevention of respiratory tract infections, pneumococcal disease, legionellosis, bloodstream infections, and the role of vitamin D in infectious diseases.

He has a particular interest in the microbial aetiology of pneumonia, and is the Laboratory Director of the Pneumonia Etiology Research for Child Health (PERCH) project which is focused on determining the causes of severe pneumonia in young children from developing countries. David has ongoing projects based in nine countries in Africa and Asia.


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