Leigh Combrink

Assistant Professor, Wildlife Disease and Conservation


Wildlife Conservation and Management


In my lab, we focus on eco-immunology, wildlife microbiomes and infectious disease dynamics, working across a range of wildlife species, from birds to mammals to snails. Our research involves both in-field and laboratory work, combining genetic, immunological, epidemiological, and ecological data towards understanding disease transmission dynamics and their impact on wildlife health, human health, and species conservation.



  • PhD in Ecological Sciences, 2017, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
  • MSc in Conservation Biology, 2004, Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology, University of Cape Town, South Africa
  • BSc (Hons) in Zoology, 2002, University of Cape Town, South Africa
  • BSc in Biology, Earth and Environmental Sciences, 2001, University of Cape Town, South Africa