Nick Wheelhouse

Nick Wheelhouse

Dr Nick Wheelhouse



I am currently working as a Lecturer in Microbiology within the School of Applied Sciences at Edinburgh Napier University. I started my academic career started as Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Pathology at Edinburgh University before moving to the Moredun Research Institute where he worked as a Senior Postdoctoral Scientist focusing my research into the effects of infections which cause reproductive complications in both humans and livestock. In my current post I have started several active multi-disciplinary research programs in the diagnosis, immunopathogenesis, and epidemiology of infection involving multiple partner organisations including including The Centre for Reproductive Health, at the University of Edinburgh, NHS Lothian and the Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health and Comparative Medicine at the University of Glasgow.



Membership of Professional Body

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Member of the Royal Society of Biology


Grant Reviewer

  • BBSRC Grant Reviewer


Invited Speaker

  • Acceptability of Extragenital Chlamydia testing in young women- NHS Research Scotland Annual Conference
  • Sheep Veterinary Society meeting, Jersey 2010 ‘Evidence of Chlamydophila abortus vaccine strain 1B as a possible cause of ovine enzootic abortion’
  • Global Research Alliance on climate change meeting Reading, June 2015. ‘Investigations into novel pathogens associated with bovine reproductive failure’.
  • FACCE JPI MACSUR LiveM meeting Potsdam, June 2016 'Animal Health and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Network: Achievements and Future'


Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • Royal Society of Biology Animal Science Group
  • International External advisor for the Instituto Nacional de Tecnologia Agropecuaria (INTA) in Argentina (2015-)
  • Expert of Science and Technology Evaluation- National Center of Science and Technology Evaluation, Kazakhstan


Conference Activity

  • In vitro model of uterine dysfunction as a result of Chlamydial Infection
  • Experimental challenge of pregnant cattle with Waddlia chondrophila


Editorial Activity

  • Editorial Board Member 'Frontiers in Microbiology'
  • Editorial Board Member 'Heliyon' Elsevier



  • Veterinary Pathology
  • BMC Veterinary Research
  • Emerging Infectious Diseases
  • Microbes & infection
  • PeerJ
  • Pathogens & disease
  • Veterinary Immunology & Immunopathology
  • Veterinary Journal
  • Veterinary Record
  • Veterinary Microbiology
  • Chemistry & Biology


Visiting Positions

  • Guest Lecturer- University of Liverpool Veterinary School


Public Engagement Activity

  • National Sheep Association (NSA) Scotsheep 2010
  • Moredun Animal Health Roadshow (Peebles) 2011
  • NSA National Event 2010
  • NSA Scotsheep 2011
  • Royal Highland Show 2010
  • Royal Highland Show 2013
  • Royal Highland Show 2011


Media Activity

  • The Crofter Issue 88 Aug 2010 ‘Controlling chlamydial abortion in sheep’
  • ‘Chlamydial infection of sheep an infectious cause of prenatal lamb death’
  • The Sheep Farmer March/ April 2012 ‘Controlling chlamydial abortion’
  • The Sheep Farmer July/Aug 2010 ‘Chlamydial abortion’


Pre-Napier Funded Projects

  • Chlamydia-like organisms as a novel cause of bovine reproductive failure

Current Post Grad projects

Previous Post Grad projects