Professor David Murdoch is the newly appointed vice-chancellor at the University of Otago, starting in 2022, after his role as Dean at the University of Otago, Christchurch. He is the co-leader of The Infection Group, a Senior Associate in the Department of International Health at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, Adjunct Professor of One Health at Massey University, and a clinical microbiologist at Canterbury Health Laboratories.
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 acted as an advisor regarding COVID-19 vaccine development at the University of Oxford and has had several roles in the New Zealand government’s COVID-19 response. The latter include chairing the COVID-19 Testing Technical Advisory Group, and membership of the COVID-19 Vaccine Technical Advisory Group and Strategic COVID-19 Public Health Advisory Group.