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David Murdoch

Co-leader of The Infection Group
Co-director of One Health Aotearoa
Vice-Chancellor Designate

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

Tel +64 3 479 8253

Current roles

Professor David Murdoch is the co-leader of The Infection Group, the co-director of One Health Aotearoa, a Senior Associate in the Department of International Health at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, and a clinical microbiologist at Canterbury Health Laboratories.

Professor Murdoch served as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Otago from February 2022 to March 2023.

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.


Kandasamy, R., Gurung, M., Shrestha, S., Gautam, M. C., Kelly, S., Thorson, S., … Murdoch, D. R., … Shrestha, S. (2024). Decline in pneumococcal vaccine serotype carriage, multiple-serotype carriage, and carriage density in Nepalese children after PCV10 introduction: A pre-post comparison study. Vaccine. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2024.05.018 Journal - Research Article

Maze, M., Williman, J., Best, E., Bhally, H., Bryce, A., Chang, C., … Dummer, J., Epton, M., Good, W., … Hancox, R., … Hills, T., … Morpeth, S., Murdoch, D., … Raymond, N., … Storer, M., Walls, T., … Wong, C., & Wright, K. (2024). Evaluation of COVID-19 severity prediction scores, Aotearoa New Zealand 2022. Respirology, 29(Suppl. 1), TO118. doi: 10.1111/resp.14673 Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Gallagher, K. E., Awori, J. O., Knoll, M. D., Rhodes, J., Higdon, M. M., Hammitt, L. L., … Murdoch, D. R., … for The PERCH Study Group. (2024). Factors predicting mortality in hospitalised HIV-negative children with lower-chest-wall indrawing pneumonia and implications for management. PLoS ONE, 19(3), e0297159. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0297159 Journal - Research Article

Carter, M. J., Shrestha, S., O'Reilly, P., Gurung, P., Gurung, M., Thorson, S., … Murdoch, D. R., … on behalf of the PneumoNepal Study Group. (2024). Evaluation of acute and convalescent antibody concentration against pneumococcal capsular polysaccharides for the diagnosis of pneumococcal infection in children with community-acquired pneumonia. Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal, 43(2), e67-e70. doi: 10.1097/INF.0000000000004185 Journal - Research Other

Murdoch, D., & French, N. (2023, November). Infectious diseases and pandemic preparedness. Special Seminar, University of Otago, Christchurch, New Zealand. [Research Presentation]. Other Research Output

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