Adrian Cookson is a Senior Scientist at AgResearch Limited and is based at the Hopkirk Research Institute in Palmerston North. His main area of research interest (>20 years) is the molecular epidemiology of zoonotic pathogens, especially Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC), and their role in veterinary and public health. Dr Cookson also holds an Associate Professor adjunct position at Massey University and works closely with staff within the mEpiLab (School of Veterinary Sciences) on various research programmes to investigate the colonisation and transmission of STEC and antimicrobial resistant Enterobacteriaceae within the ruminant host, on-farm and the wider environment using whole genome sequence analysis of isolates and population analysis.