Global Health Mentor K. Darwin Murrell

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Global Health Mentor

Global Health Mentors are alumni with substantial global health
experience who are willing to provide career advice, connections and
mentoring to current Gillings students interested in a global health career.

K. Darwin Murrell, MSPH, PhD, is a Gillings School alumnus with over 50 years of experience in infectious diseases, immunology, parasitology and emerging zoonotic diseases. Dr. Murrell received an MS in Parasitology and a PhD in Zoology/Parasitology from UNC Gillings.  His research has been primarily on protecting animals and humans from food borne disease infection by zoonotic parasites.  Dr. Murrell’s studies sought to preempt infection and the onset of diseases by understanding parasite epidemiology and host immunology. Read More

He has published over 350 papers, reviews, and book chapters.  Recently, he retired as Professor and Director of the Centre for Experimental Parasitology, University of Copenhagen.  While at the University of Copenhagen, Dr. Murrell supervised 12 PhD students and more than 20 Master’s students. In 1984, Dr. Murrell was named ARS-USDA Outstanding Scientist of the Year, and, in 1988, he won the AAVP Distinguished Parasitologist Award.  He received a Fulbright Award in 1996 and  received the prestigious Presidential Distinguished Federal Executive Rank Award in 1997.  He was inducted into the USDA-ARS Science Hall of Fame in 2002.  In 2004, Dr. Murrell was elected as a Distinguished Member Emeritus by the American Society of Parasitologists.  He received the Anniversary Award from the Helminthological Society of Washington in 2008. Currently, Dr. Murrell is Honorary Professor at the University of Copenhagen, serves as Chair for the Committee on Parasitoc Zoonoes, Office of Epizoonotics, World Animal Health Organization (Paris), and is a frequent consultant to the World Health Organization. 


  • Southeast Asia (Vietnam, Thailand, South Korea, Japan, Philippines)
  • Africa (southern and eastern)
  • Europe (Serbia, Croatia, Italy, Spain, France, Denmark, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands)

Areas of Interest

  • Infectious diseases
  • Zoonotic parasites
  • Epidemiology


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