Jockey Club College of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences

Professor David J HAMPSON

BVetMed (London), PhD (Bristol), DSc (London), FASM, FAAM, FRCPath, FRCVS

Head / Chair Professor of Pathobiology

Contact Information
Address:  Room 1A-503, 5/F, Block 1, To Yuen Building, 31 To Yuen Street
City University of Hong Kong
Phone: 3442-5782
Fax: 3442-0589

Research profile: CityU Scholars


Professor David Hampson is Head of the Department of Infectious Diseases and Public Health and Chair Professor of Pathobiology. He graduated with a Degree in Veterinary Medicine from The Royal Veterinary College and then completed his PhD at the University of Bristol.

Before commencing at City University he was the Dean of the School of Veterinary and Life Sciences and Professor of Veterinary Microbiology at Murdoch University in Perth, Western Australia.

During his career he has lectured in Veterinary Virology, Veterinary and Animal Bacteriology and in Medical Bacteriology, and to date 31 postgraduate students have completed their degrees under his supervision, many of whom are now senior academics working in institutes and universities around the world.

Professor Hampson is internationally recognised for his research on veterinary infectious diseases, and particularly for his work on swine dysentery and related diseases. He research has focused on three main areas: the disease associations, molecular epidemiology, population genetics and population structure of pathogenic bacteria, particularly involving definitive studies on intestinal spirochaetes of the genus Brachyspira (formerly Serpulina); interactions that occur in the gastrointestinal tract between enteric bacterial pathogens and dietary components and the development and commercialisation of diagnostic tests and vaccines to control infections in pigs and chickens.

Professor Hampson has developed many research and professional collaborations with colleagues in universities, government organisations and industry in Asia, Europe, and North America.

He is a Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Veterinary Science at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand, and Guest Professor at Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan, China.

He has published over 600 scientific articles and he has an h-index of 61 and an i-10 index of 227 in Google Scholar.

Professor Hampson has received numerous national and international awards and prizes in recognition of his research activities and contributions to veterinary microbiology and to veterinary science. The newly identified pathogenic spirochaete Brachyspira hampsonii was named after him in recognition of his work in this field.

He has a long-standing commitment to the One Health approach – encouraging work at the interface of human, animal and ecosystem health.

Research Interests

Development of vaccines and novel diagnostics for Brachyspiral infections in pigs and poultry

Recent Publications

Kurilung A, Keeratipusana C, Suriyaphol P, Hampson DJ and Prapasarakul N (2019):
Genomic analysis of Leptospira interrogans serovar Paidjan and Dadas isolates from carrier dogs and comparative genomic analysis to detect genes under positive selection.
BMC Genomics 2019 20:168. DOI: 10.1186/s12864-019-5562-z

Hampson DJ, Lugsomya K, La T, Phillips ND, Trott DJ, Abraham, S (2019):
Antimicrobial resistance in Brachyspira – An increasing problem for disease control.
Vet Microbiol. 2019 Feb;229:59-71. DOI: 10.1016/j.vetmic.2018.12.019

T La, ND Philips, DJ Hampson (2019):
Vaccination of chickens with the 34 kDa carboxy-terminus of Bpmp72 reduces colonization with Brachyspira pilosicoli following experimental infection.
Avian Pathol. 2019 Feb;48(1):80-85. DOI: 10.1080/03079457.2018.1546377

K Lugsomya, J Yindee, W Niyomtham, C Tribuddharat, P Tummaruk, DJ Hampson, N Prapasarakul (2018):
Antimicrobial Resistance in Commensal Escherichia coli Isolated from Pigs and Pork Derived from Farms Either Routinely Using or Not Using In-Feed Antimicrobials.
Microb Drug Resist. 2018 Sep;24(7):1054-1066. DOI: 10.1089/mdr.2018.0154.

DJ Hampson (2018):
Brachyspira hyodysenteriae in apparently healthy pig herds.
Veterinary Record 182, 490-491. DOI: 10.1136/vr.k1782

K Lugsomya, T Chatsuwan, W Niyomtham, P Tummaruk, DJ Hampson, N Prapasarakul (2018):
Routine Prophylactic Antimicrobial Use Is Associated with Increased Phenotypic and Genotypic Resistance in Commensal Escherichia coli Isolates Recovered from Healthy Fattening Pigs on Farms in Thailand.
Microb Drug Resist. 2018 Mar;24(2):213-223. DOI: 10.1089/mdr.2017.0042.

DJ Hampson (2018):
Distribution and transmission of aetiological agents of swine dysentery.
Veterinary Record 182, 192-194. DOI: 10.1136/vr.k571

DJ Hampson (2018):
The Spirochete Brachyspira pilosicoli, Enteric Pathogen of Animals and Humans.
Clinical Microbiology Reviews. DOI: 10.1128/CMR.00087-17

DJ Hampson, ND Phillips, T La (2017):
Recombinant outer membrane proteins from Brachyspira hyodysenteriae and uses thereof.
US Patent 9,695,221

DJ Hampson, P Wang (2017):
Colonic Spirochetes: What Has Genomics Taught Us?
Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg. DOI: 10.1007/82_2017_48

DJ Hampson (2017):
The changing face of swine dysentery–implications for surveillance.
Thai J Vet Med Suppl 47, S1-S4

T La, ND Phillips, DJ Hampson (2016):
An investigation into the etiological agents of swine dysentery in Australian pig herds.
PloS one 11 (12), e0167424, 3.

NS Mirajkar, ND Phillips, T La, DJ Hampson, CJ Gebhart (2016):
Characterization and recognition of Brachyspira hampsonii sp. nov., a novel intestinal spirochete that is pathogenic to pigs.
Journal of clinical microbiology 54 (12), 2942-2949, 10. DOI: 10.1128/JCM.01717-16

P Moono, NF Foster, DJ Hampson, DR Knight, LE Bloomfield, TV Riley (2016):
Clostridium difficile infection in production animals and avian species: a review.
Foodborne pathogens and disease 13 (12), 647-655, 3.

DJ Hampson, T La, ND Phillips, PK Holyoake (2016):
Brachyspira hyodysenteriae isolated from apparently healthy pig herds following an evaluation of a prototype commercial serological ELISA.
Veterinary microbiology 191, 15-19, 6. DOI: 10.1016/j.vetmic.2016.05.016

T La, J Rohde, ND Phillips, DJ Hampson (2016):
Comparison of Brachyspira hyodysenteriae isolates recovered from pigs in apparently healthy multiplier herds with isolates from herds with swine dysentery.
PloS one 11 (8), e0160362, 5.

P Moono, P Putsathit, DR Knight, MM Squire, DJ Hampson, NF Foster, ... (2016):
Persistence of Clostridium difficile RT 237 infection in a Western Australian piggery.
Anaerobe 37, 62-66, 3. DOI: 10.1016/j.anaerobe.2015.11.012

DJ Hampson, SR Collett, ND Phillips, T La (2016):
Spirochetes: Borrelia and Brachyspira.
American Association of Avian Pathologists.


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