Animal TB
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Animal TB



 Prof Michele Miller has a PhD in veterinary Immunology and has worked as a clinical wildlife veterinarian at a number of zoos and as a conservation medicine researcher. She holds the NRF SARChI Chair in Animal Tuberculosis and her current research focus is the immunology, epidemiology, management and control of tuberculosis in animals and those aspects that impact the human-animal interface. Orcid: 0000-0002-5883-6076





 Prof Paul van Helden has a wide interest in many fields of animal tuberculosis including the aetiology, molecular epidemiology, immunology and diagnosis. He has a particular interest in host genetic susceptibility/resistance to the disease.






 Prof Eileen Hoal has spent many years in the field of genetic susceptibility to tuberculosis in humans and has more recently developed an interest in wildlife susceptibility or resistance to M. bovis infections. Using next generation and Sanger sequencing, her current work has focussed on investigating novel genetic determinants of susceptibility to bovine tuberculosis in African buffaloes. E-mail:



Guy Hausler qualified as a Mechanical Engineer and, after some time spent in this industry, went on to complete a B-Tech in Nature Conservation while working for SANParks' Veterinary Wildlife services. He is currently a Research Assistant working in the Kruger National Park in support of the various animal tuberculosis and other research projects being undertaken in the park and adjacent areas. He has a passion for ornithology and is currently busy with a research project entitled: “Ecology and dietary niche of the Yellow-Billed Oxpecker (Buphagus africanus) in the Kruger National Park". Email:


Dr Léanie Kleynhans is a senior scientist in the Animal TB Research group. She obtained both her undergraduate BSc and Hons BSc (Medical Biochemistry) degrees from the University of Stellenbosch before completing her PhD in Molecular Biology in 2012. Her PhD focussed on host immune responses to Mtb and molecular endocrinology while her current research interest is host immune responses to Mtb in