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Associate Professor Alan Murray BSc (Hons), PhD Soton

Associate Professor

Institute of Vet, Animal and Biomedical Sciences

Graduated BSc (Hons) in Physiology with Biochemistry from the School of Biochemical & Physiological Sciences at the University of Southampton in 1978. Graduated with PhD in Medical Microbiology from the Faculty of Medicine at University of Southampton in 1985. Following Research Fellowships in Clinical Pharmacology at Southampton and Renal Physiology at the University of Keele arrived at Massey University in 1987 to work in the Department of Veterinary Pathology & Public Health. Now a member of the Pathobiology Group within IVABS and based in the Hopkirk Research Institute. Since 1990, have been undertaking collaborative research on the genetics and immunology of pathogenic mycobacteria at the Unité de Génétique Mycobactérienne at the Institut Pasteur in Paris.

I teach Immunology to Veterinary and Science students and have a research interest in mycobacterial proteins that interact with the host immune system during infection. This type of information is potentially useful to help us understand why mycobacterial infections are so difficult to control and it could lead to a better understanding of pathogenesis and the development of improved vaccines and diagnostic tests. 

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Contact details

  • Ph: +64 6 356 9099 extn 84206
    Location: 1.27, Hopkirk Research Institute
    Campus: Palmerston North


  • Bachelor of Science - University of Southampton (1978)
  • Doctor of Philosophy - University of Southampton (1985)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Immune responses against pathogenic mycobacteria, subunit vaccine development

Host response against Mycoplasma ovipneumoniae infection, identification of key immunogens


Health and Well-being

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Agricultural And Veterinary Sciences (070000):
Biological Sciences (060000): Infectious Agents (060502): Microbial Genetics (060503): Microbiology (060500):
Veterinary Immunology (070705): Veterinary Sciences (070700)




Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 2 4

Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Supervisor 2 8
CoSupervisor 0 4


1. Undergraduate Teaching

 Immunology lectures in 'Veterinary Infectious and Parasitic Diseases' (227.312) to BVSc year 3 students. 

Lectures in Immunology (162.303, 162.389) to BSc and BMLS year 3 students. Paper coordinator for 162.303/389.

2. Postgraduate Student Supervision

Currently Chief supervisor of 2 PhD students 

 Total number of completed PhD's  supervised = 11 (8 as Chief supervisor),

Chief supervisor of 1 BPhil student (awarded in 1991) & 1 MSc student (awarded 2004)

External Examiner of 7 PhD students:

For University of Auckland, University of Sydney, LaTrobe (Melbourne) & Universiti Putra Malaysia

Internal Examiner of 1 PhD student (Massey University) 

Current Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

Completed Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • 2010 - Made Sriasih - PhD
    A study of secreted proteins of Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis vaccine strain 316F
  • 2007 - Kalansooriyage Chandrathilaka Kalyani Perera - PhD
    Characterisation of a secreted immunogenic protein, phase-1 flagellin (Flic) of Salmonella enterica subspecies enterica Brandenburg
  • 2006 - Ms Jessica Anne Stewart - PhD
    The intestinal microflora in health and disease.
  • 2002 - Ms Christine Dupont - PhD
    Identification and characterisation of an exported immunogenic protein of myobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis.
  • 2001 - Mr Alexander Dougal McLachlan - PhD
    Identification and characterization of an 8.4 kDa protein antigen of #Mycobacterium# #bovis#.
  • 2000 - Ms Jane Oliaro - PhD
    Identification of an immunogenic 18 kDa protein of #Helicobacter# #pylori# using alkaline phosphatase gene fusions.
  • 1998 - Ms Suzanne Marie Borich - PhD
    A Genetic Approach to Identify #Mycobacterium# #bovis# Exported Protein Antigens.
  • 1997 - Mr Stanley Gordon Fenwick - PhD
    #Yersinia# #Enterocolitica# Infections in People and Other Animals - A New Zealand Study.

CoSupervisor of:

  • 2007 - Venkata Sayoji Rao Dukkipati - PhD
    A Search for Genetic Factors Influencing Immune Responses to a Killed Mycobacterium avium subpecies paratuberculosis vaccine in Australian Fine-Wool Merino Sheep
  • 2001 - Mr Fasiuddin Ahmed - PhD
    Animal Sources of Human Campylobacteriosis.
  • 1999 - Mr Jacek Michal Andrzej Gwozdz - PhD
    #Mycobacterium# #paratuberculosis# infection in sheep: aspects of diagnosis and immunity.
  • 1993 - Mr Joseph Sean O'Keefe - PhD
    Antigenic and Molecular Comparison of Equine Herpesviruses

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