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Principal Investigators By Research Division

Clinical Sciences

Head of Department: Professor Richard Mellanby

Personal Chair of Comparative Medicine

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  • Research Theme:

    Investigating the relationship between nutrition, inflammation and health outcomes using a comparative medicine approach

Group Leaders / Career Track Fellows

NameJob TitleResearch Theme
David ArgyleWilliam Dick Chair of Veterinary Clinical Studies

Mechanistic studies into canine disease, specifically the focus of my research is comparative cancer biology.  This involves studies on the stem cell basis of cancer through to the translation of new therapeutics into clinical development

Clinical Research Associates

NameJob TitleResearch Theme
Sally ArgyleSenior Lecturer
Catriona BellReader

Veterinary Education, Faculty Development, Student Learning, Peer-Assisted Learning, Student Experience, Curriculum Mapping, Knowledge Dissemination/ Transfer

Guraa BergkvistSenior Lecturer

My research interests are in molecular pathways that become dysregulated in cancer and dysregulation of osteoclasts in bone. 

Dylan ClementsSenior Lecturer Small Animal Orthopaedics

Veterinary clinical orthopaedics, the epidemiology of health aging in dog populations, and the genetic basis and functional aspects of osteoarthritis.

Alexander CorbishleyLecturer in Farm Animal Practice

Clinical farm animal veterinary medicine

Veterinary vaccine development and performance

Antimicrobial resistance in farm animals

Brendan CorcoranPersonal Chair of Veterinary Cardiopulmonary Medicine

Mitral valve disease in dogs, tissue engineered solutions to sourcing valve tissue for research.

Geoff CulshawSenior Lecturer

The relationship between renal handling of salt in early diabetes mellitus and regulation of blood pressure

Molecular mechanisms in canine myxomatous mitral valve disease

Inheritance and genetics of cardiac accessory pathways in UK Labrador retrievers

Endothelial dysfunction in dogs in naturally occurring risk factors for metabolic syndrome

Ana de-Castro-MarquesSenior Lecturer

My current research focus is on cryopreservation techniques for canine hepatocytes with the objective of creating a bank of cells suitable for further development of this area.

Jorge Del-PozoSenior Lecturer

My main research interest is to improve the understanding of infectious fish disease pathogenesis and resistance, and research in pathology morphometric approaches. I also provide pathology input on a range of collaborative research projects (e.g. squirrel leprosy, canine mast cell tumour metastasis, pulmonary hypertension models, radiation induced lung injury models, and surgical approaches to canine liver biopsy sampling).

Padraic DixonPersonal Chair of Equine Surgery

Aetiopathogenesis of equine dental and upper airway disorders.

Adam GowSenior Lecturer in Small Animal Medicine

In vitro production of functional canine hepatocytes from stem cell sources.

Canine liver disease and pathogenesis of hepatic encephalopathy. 

Danielle Gunn-MoorePersonal Chair of Feline Medicine

As a RCVS recognised Specialist in Feline Medicine, I am interested in all aspects of feline internal medicine, though I have current projects on Mycobacterial infections, feline genomics and dementia.

Caroline HahnSenior Lecturer in Veterinary Clinical Neurosciences

Neuromuscular diseases in all animals, and all facets of equine neurology.

Jon HallSenior Lecturer in Small Animal Surgery (soft tissue)

Brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome in dogs, near infra-red fluorescent imaging modalities and the genetic basis of pectus excavatum and atresia ani in cats

Ian HandelSenior Lecturer

The use of quantitative statistical and epidemiological methods to address questions of animal/human health and disease surveillance.

Kirsty HughesResearch Assistant (Veterinary Medical Education)

Veterinary education, the student experience, assessment and feedback, student wellbeing, e-learning, educational research methods, staff development

Amy JenningsResearch Fellow EPIC 3 (Epidemiology, Economics and Risk)

Temporal and individual variation in worm egg counts within a population.

The epidemiology of Border Disease 

Zoonotic disease in cattle in Cameroon

John KeenSenior Lecturer

The equine cardiovascular system and its relationship to endocrinological disorders such as equine metabolic syndrome and pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction.

Jill MacKayResearch Fellow (Veterinary Medical Education)

Within education research: Digital education (effectiveness, utilisation and effects on experience), student learning, student experience, staff teaching experience, effective public engagement.

Within human-animal relationships: animal support, companion animal welfare, animal welfare education.

Alastair MacraePersonal Chair of Farm Animal Health and Production

Monitoring of farm animal health including the links between nutrition, health and productivity in cattle and sheep.

Jessica MartinLecturer in Statistics and Animal Welfare

My main research interests lie in the integration of behavioural, physiological and statistical techniques to investigate animal welfare issues, primarily with those relating to modern livestock production.

Yolanda Martinez-PereiraSenior Lecturer

Clinical biomarkers of congestive heart failure in canine patients

Novel diagnostic tools in canine mesothelioma

Bruce McGorumPersonal Chair of Equine Medicine

Equine internal medical disorders, particularly equine respiratory diseases and grass sickness.

Anna MeredithPersonal Chair of Zoological and Conservation Medicine

Red squirrel surveillance and infectious diseases (squirrelpox, squirrel leprosy); Scottish wildcat conservation and infectious diseases; a novel Amphibiocystidium disease in palmate newts on the Isle of Rum; Scottish raptor mortality; infectious diseases of pine martens.

Elspeth MilnePersonal Chair of Veterinary Clinical Pathology

Research interests include investigation of T lymphocyte populations in dogs undergoing radiation therapy, comparative cytology and molecular signatures of inflammatory cells in secretory otitis media of brachycephalic dogs and children, immunohistochemical markers for reactive and neoplastic mesothelial cells in pericardium of dogs, rapid diagnosis of equine grass sickness by ganglion cytology, histopathology of recovered cases of grass sickness, the role of SOCS2 protein in maintenance of bone mass in an experimental colitis model in mice and studies on the pathology of the red squirrel with particular reference to squirrel pox infection.

Tim NuttallSenior Lecturer in Small Animal Veterinary Dermatology

The genetics of atopic dermatitis; allergen specific immunology; antibiotic resistance, particularly meticillin-resistance staphylococci and multi-drug resistant E. coli; and responsible antimicrobial use and infection control.

Rob OgdenHead of Conservation Genetics
Maciej ParysVet Clinical Lecturership

My current research interests include studying the role of immune checkpoints in canine and feline cancer and inflammatory disease. I am also intereted in interactions between innate and adaptive immune system in cancer patients. 

Gavin PatersonSenior Lecturer in Molecular and Applied Microbiology
Adrian PhilbeySenior Lecturer in Veterinary Pathology

Emerging infectious diseases of domestic animals and wildlife, canine adenovirus in red foxes and dogs, salmonellosis in dogs and cats, staphylococcal infections of dogs and cats, yersiniosis in domestic and zoo animals, viral pathogenesis and oncogenesis.

Scott PiriePersonal Chair of Equine Clinical Sciences

Aetiopathogenesis of equine airway disease and characterising the equine pulmonary innate immune response. Equine dysautonomia, primarily in relation to the investigation of aetiologic pathways.

Scotts currently active areas of reseach include the following:

(1) studies on equine grass sickness with a particular focus on the potential aetiological role of ingested pasture-derived mycotoxins;

(2) studies of the innate immunity of the equine airway, with a particular focus on the role of the alveolar macrophage in determining disease susceptibility;

(3) studies on the role of intestinal macrophage activation in the initiation and maintenance of gut motility disturbances following gastrointestinal surgery (post-operative ileus).

Patrick PollockSenior Lecturer in Equine Surgery

Wound healing in horses and other species. Poor perforance in horses. The structure and function of the equine airway. Acute phase proteins.

Richard ReardonSenior Lecturer in Equine Surgery

I have many interests related to clinically relevant equine veterinary surgery.

Studies currently underway:

An investigation of the closure time of skull suture lines in horses.

Cadaveric, radiographic and CT examination of the anatomy of the nasal conchal bullae of horses.

Cadaveric and CT anatomy of equine cheek teeth and paranasal sinuses

Surveys of equine peripheral caries

Evaluation of stress affecting equids during hospital examinaion

Racehorse knowledge transfer



Silke SalavatiSenior Lecturer in Small Animal Internal Medicine

I am interested in small animal gastroenterology, especially focusing of mechanisms of disease, clinical assessment and treatment of canine inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)/ chronic enteropathy (CE).

Neil SargisonPersonal Chair of Farm Animal Practice

Use of deep amplicon sequencing approaches to study nematode parasite diversity and co-infections.

Performance of different sheep breeds and selected lines in a harsh hill environment.

Changing epidemiology of trematode parasites.

Population genetics of anthelmintic resistance in nematodes.

Haemonchus contotus and Teladorsagia circumcincta genomics.

Train-the-trainer livestock health education.

Alessandro SeguinoSenior Lecturer

Current research interests are mainly in the wild game sector, in particular looking at Campylobacter colonisation of pheasants and E, coli STEC in venison and their relevance to public health. I  am also interested in innovative ways of teaching veterinary public health.

Darren ShawSenior Lecturer

Comparative epidemiology of parasitic and infectious diseases and general aspects of animal health

Sionagh SmithSenior Lecturer

Pathology of equne dental disease, focusing on general histopathology and peripheral caries.

Companion animal pathology (including GI disease, neoplasia).

Ongoing collaborative research on Lawsonia intracellularis.



Sarah TaylorSenior Lecturer in Equine Orthopaedics

Molecular pathogenesis of equine osteoarthritis and novel biological treatments using regenerative medicine (stem cells and autologous conditioned serum).

Associate Scientists

NameJob TitleResearch Theme
Charlotte BellResearch Fellow
Thalia BlackingLecturer in Applied Vet Physiology
Karen BlissittSenior Lecturer

Equine cardiology: sudden cardiac death, 4D echocardiography, mitral and aortic valve function.  General Anaesthesia: haemodynamic effects of anaesthesia in horses. Factors affecting recovery quality in horses, perioperative mortality.

Eddie CluttonPersonal Chair of Veterinary Anaesthesiology
Susan RhindChair of Veterinary Education

Veterinary medical education; specifically assessment and feedback, student support and wellbeing, e-learning and curriculum development.