Professor Sarah Cleaveland OBE FMedSci FRS

Professor Sarah Cleaveland’s research on rabies demonstrated the feasibility of eliminating rabies in Tanzania and has made a pivotal contribution to the development of international strategies for global rabies elimination.

Her research platform in East Africa now addresses a wide range of infectious disease problems affecting human, domestic animal and wildlife health. She works to raise awareness of the impact of neglected diseases, to investigate infection dynamics in natural ecosystems, and to identify cost-effective disease control measures that will improve human health, livelihoods and biodiversity conservation. Professor Cleaveland plays an active role in several capacity-strengthening initiatives and research consortia with African partner institutions.

Professor Cleaveland is a founding Director of the Alliance for Rabies Control, which spearheads the World Rabies Day campaigns. She is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Medicine and in 2014 was awarded an OBE for services to veterinary epidemiology.

Professional position

  • Professor of Comparative Epidemiology, Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative Medicine, University of Glasgow

Subject groups

  • Organismal biology, evolution and ecology

    Agricultural and forest science, Ecology (incl behavioural ecology), Epidemiology (non-clinical)


  • Leeuwenhoek Medal and Lecture

    For her pioneering work towards the eradication of rabies throughout the world.