Designation: Associate Professor
Department: Preventive Veterinary Medicine
University: University of Chile
Christopher Hamilton-West has completed his degree and masters from the University of Chile in the Department of veterinary medicine. He completed his Ph.D. from the University of Chile in the Department of Agricultural and Animal Sciences. Christopher has been involved as Principal Investigator of national and international competitive grants (University of Chile, CONICYT, and National Institutes of Health (NIH-USA)), projects funded by FAO for research in the epidemiology of priority animal diseases in South America, and as a researcher in CORFO -The Chilean Economic Development Agency grants. He authored many publications in national and international journals. Christopher has received national and international recognition by scholarships and awards, such as the recognition from University of Chile for his first place in the FONDECYT (National Fund for Scientific and Technological Development) initiation of research competition in 2012; CEIRS (Centres of excellence for influenza research and surveillance) Training Award (NIH) in 2015 and the Neglected Influenza Young Investigator Travel Award in 2015.
His research interests mainly focus on mainly focused on Epidemiology of priority animal diseases and zoonoses and also focuses on the role of wild birds and backyard animals in the epidemiology of influenza virus in Chile and South America, with the aim of improving surveillance strategies and developing preparedness strategies with focus on backyard farms, and also to identify possible influenza virus strains with zoonotic risk.
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