Distinguished Professor Nigel French

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Professor Nigel French is Director of the New Zealand Food Safety Science and Research Centre and Professor of Food Safety and Veterinary Public Health at Massey University. He leads the New Zealand-China Food Protection Network; a New Zealand government-funded China Research Collaboration Centre.  Professor French is also founder and Executive Director of the Infectious Disease Research Centre and the Executive Director of the Molecular Epidemiology and Public Health laboratory in the Hopkirk Research Institute, specializing in research and training in molecular epidemiology, food safety and the control of infectious diseases.

He has led One Health inter-disciplinary research programmes, combining microbiology, molecular biology and modelling, in both New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Professor French is a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand, and a Fellow of Food Standards Australia New Zealand. He holds honorary / visiting professorships at the University of Surrey in the UK, and the University of Otago Medical School in New Zealand. He was the recipient of the Massey University Research Medal in 2012.

Prior to joining Massey University in 2004, Professor French held a number of academic positions at the University of Bristol and, between 1996 and 2004, at the University of Liverpool, where he was Professor of Veterinary Epidemiology. He graduated as a veterinary surgeon from the University of Bristol in 1987, and in 1993 he was awarded a PhD (Bristol) and a Masters degree in epidemiology (University of London, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine), funded by a Wellcome Trust Research Training Fellowship in Clinical Epidemiology.


  • Epidemiology
  • Veterinary medicine
  • Foodborne and waterborne diseases


Professor Nigel French