Martin  E.  Hugh-Jones 
Emeritus Professor  - Epidemiology
Bachelor's Degree(s): B.A., Christ's College, Cambridge University
Master's Degree: M.A., Christ's College, Cambridge University
Veterinary Degree: Vet. M.B., Christ's College, Cambridge University
PhD: Ph.D., Cambridge University
Other Degrees: M.P.H., Tulane University
Diplomates: American College of Epidemiology
Phone: (225) 578-5599
Fax: (225) 578-4286
Office: 2279 Energy, Coast, and Environmental Studies Bldg.



Dr. Hugh-Jones was with the department since 1978 until his retirement in 2004. In addition to his work as a faculty member, he was the  Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center for Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems for Public Health until June 2004.  

Area of Interest


Dr. Hugh-Jones is one of the foremost authorities on anthrax. He is currently Coordinator of the World Health Organization (WHO) Working Group on Anthrax Research and Control. He also has served as Chairman of the WHO/Veterinary Public Health Working Group: “Anthrax: Epidemiology and Information.” In addition, Dr. Hugh-Jones participated in the investigation of the 1979 anthrax outbreak in Sverdlovsk (now known as Yekaterinburg) in the former USSR. He was in Moscow and Yekaterinburg in 1992 when the Russian government admitted the source of the outbreak to have been an accidental spore emission from a biological warfare facility. 

Selected Publications


Joyner, TA, L Lukhnova, Y Pazilov, G Temiralyeva, ME Hugh-Jones, et al. 2010. Modeling the potential distribution of Bacillus anthracis under multiple climate change scenarios for Kazakhstan. PLoS ONE 5(3): e9596. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.ooo9596


Blackburn JK, A Curtis, TL Hadfield, B O'Shea, MA Mitchell, ME Hugh-Jones, 2010. Confirmation of Bacillus anthracis from flesh-eating flies collected during a West Texas anthrax season. Journal Wildlife Diseases;46(3):918-22.


Hugh-Jones, M. and J Blackburn. 2009. The Ecology of Bacillus anthracis. Molecular Aspects of Medicine, 30: 356–367.


Fasanella, A, D Galante, G Garofolo, M Hugh-Jones. 2010. Anthrax undervalued zoonosis. Veterinary Microbiology. 140:318-331.


Aikembayev, A.,  Lukhnova L., Temiraliyeva G., Meka-Mechenko T., Pazylov Y., Zakaryan S., Denissov J., Easterday W.R.,  Van Ert, M.N.,  Keim, P., Francisconi, S., Blackburn J.K., Hugh-Jones, M, and Hadfield, T.L., 2010. Historical Distribution and Molecular Diversity of Bacillus anthracis in Kazakhstan. EID 16(5): 789-796.


Fasanella, A, G Garofolo, D Galante, V Quaranta, L Palazzo,  R Lista, R Adone, and M Hugh-Jones, 2010. Anthrax outbreaks in Italy in 2004: genetic analysis of isolates and evaluation of risk factors associated with outbreaks. New Microbiologica 33(1):83-86.


Coleman, ME, B Thran, SS Morse, M Hugh-Jones, and S Massulik, 2008. Inhalation anthrax: Dose response and risk analysis, Biosecurity & Bioterrorism: Biodefense Strategy, Practice, and Science, 6(2): 147-159.


Van Ert, MN, WR Easterday, LY Huynh,  RT Okinaka,  ME Hugh-Jones, et al., 2007. Global genetic population structure of Bacillus anthracis, PLos ONE 2 :e461, May 2007, Issue 5, 17520020.


Blackburn, JK, KM McNyset, A Curtis, and ME Hugh-Jones, 2007. Modeling the geographic distribution of Bacillus anthracis, the causative agent of anthrax disease, for contiguous United States using predictive ecologic niche modeling, American Journal of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene, 77(6): 1103-1110.


Shakya, KP, M Hugh-Jones, and PH Elzer, 2007. Evaluation of immune response to orally administered Sterne strain 34F2 anthrax vaccine, Vaccine 20;25(29):5374-5347.


Cowen, P, T Garland, ME Hugh-Jones, A Shimshony, et al., 2006. Evaluation of ProMED-mail as an electronic early warning system for emerging animal diseases: 1996 to 2004, J. American Veterinary Medical Association, 229 (7): 1090-1099.


Saggese, MD, RP Noseda, MM Uhart, SL Deem, H Ferreyra, MC Romano, MC Ferreyra-Armas, and M Hugh-Jones , 2007. First detection of Bacillus anthracis in feces of free ranging raptors from central Argentina, Journal of Wildlife Diseases, 43: 136-141.


Hugh-Jones, M, 2006. “Conclusions,” in Biological disasters of animal origin: the role and preparedness of veterinary and public health services, OIE Scientific and Technical Review, 25 (1): 421-427.


Hugh-Jones M. 2006. Biological disasters of animal origin: The role and preparedness of veterinary and public health services. OIE Scientific and Technical Review, 25 (1), pp. 421-444.


Hugh-Jones, M, 2006. “Distinguishing between natural and unnatural outbreaks of animal diseases,” in Biological disasters of animal origin: the role and preparedness of veterinary and public health services, OIE Scientific and Technical Review, 25 (1): 173-186.


Hugh-Jones, M, & C.C. Brown, 2006. “Accidental and intentional animal disease outbreaks: Assessing the risk and preparing an effective response, in “Biological disasters of animal origin: the role and preparedness of veterinary and public health services, OIE Scientific and Technical Review, 25 (1): 21-33.


Andrew, C, SE Heath, and M Hugh-Jones, 2005. “GIS Investigations of Epizootics: The Limitations of Surveillance Data”, in Majumdar, S.K, Huffman, J, Brenner, F. and I.A. Panah (eds) Wildlife Diseases: Landscape Epidemiology. Spatial Distribution and Utilization of Remote Sensing Technology, The Pennsylvania Academy of Science, Easton, PA, pp. 459-474.


O’Donoghue, K, B. Lomniczi, B. McFerran, T.J. Connor, B. Seal, D. King, R. Manvell, P.S. White, K. Richmond, P. Jackson and M. Hugh-Jones, 2004. Retrospective characterization of Newcastle Disease virus Antrim ‘73 in relation to other epidemics, past and present, Epidemiology & Infection, 132:357-368.


Hugh-Jones, M, 2003. Surveillance for emergencies. Journal of Veterinary Medical Education, 30(2): 148-51.


Coker, PR., KL Smith, PF Fellows, G Rybachuck, KG Kousoulas, & ME Hugh-Jones, 2003. Bacillus anthracis virulence in guinea pigs vaccinated with anthrax vaccine adsorbed is linked to plasmid quantities and clonality. Journal of Clinical Microbiology, 41 (3): 1212-1218.

Samui, K.L., R.M. Gleiser, M.E. Hugh-Jones & C.T. Palmisano. 2003. Mosquitos captured in a horse-baited stable trap in southeast Louisiana. Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association, 19 (2): 139-147.


Akakpo, A., Brückner, G., Caporale, V., Crawford, L.M., De Souza Meirelles, J.C., Economides, P.A., Hugh-Jones, M., Joshi, D.D., Kaboyo, W.R., Kachani, M., Lindberg, R., Luangtongkum, S., Mainzer, H., Manalo, D.M., Marabelli, R., McEwen, S., Miller, B., Mwiyeriwa, C., Panin, A., Rahman, S.A., Robinson, A., Van Knapen, F., Woolhouse, M.E.J. 2002. Future trends in veterinary public health. World Health Organization - Technical Report Series, (907), pp. i+v-vi+1-85.


Coker PR, Smith KL, & Hugh-Jones ME. 2002. Antimicrobial susceptibilities of diverse Bacillus anthracis isolates. Antimicrobial Agents & Chemotherapy 46(12):3843-5.


Hugh-Jones, M. 2002. Reporting outbreaks of animal diseases, in Maximizing the Security & Development Benefits from the Biological & Toxin Weapons Convention, eds. M. Dando et al, Kluwer Academic Publishers, The Netherlands, pp 41-52