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Research Staff List

Name (sorted in ascending order) Role Research Interests
Saifallah Agha Research Fellow
Judit Aguilar Research Assistant
Mark Alexander Senior Stockman/Technician
Omar Alfituri Research Fellow
Kirsten Altenbach Research Technician
Joana Alves Research Fellow
Dr Neil Anderson Lecturer

My research interests are currently focussed on the epidemiology and ecology of trypanosomiasis in sub-Saharan Africa and the health of wild raptor populations in Scotland.

Professor Alan Archibald Personal Chair of Mammalian Molecular Genetics

Understanding the genetic control of complex traits, including responses to infectious disease, in farmed animals, primarily pigs and cattle.

Characterization of the genomes of Suina species, including domestic pigs (Sus scrofa), Common warthog (Phacochoerus africanus), Red River Hog (Potamochoerus porcus), Bushpig (Potamochoerus larvatus) and Collared Peccary (Pecari tajacu).

Mrs Liz Archibald Postgraduate Research Student Administrator
Prof David Argyle William 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.

Dr Kenneth Baillie Snr. Clinical Research Fellow in Anaesthesia & Critical Care

Translational genomics in critical care medicine.

Dr Daniel Balaz Research Fellow
Dr Adam Balic Roslin Research Fellow

Defining the molecular and cellular mechanisms that underpin lymphoid organ development in chickens. Developing and exploiting novel gene transfer and editing technologies in order to visualise and manipulate specific chicken immune cell populations.

Maeve Ballantyne Research Fellow
Dr Chris Banks Core Scientist (Research Fellow)
Professor Georgios Banos UoE Honorary staff

Animal breeding, genomics and computational biology.

Caron Barker Lab Sequencing Technologist
Dr Mark Barnett Core Scientist (Research Fellow)
Agustin Barria Gonzalez Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
Alice Barrier Business Development Manager
Ella Bartlett
Joel Bazira
Tim Bean Research Fellow

The Roslin Institue shellfish team use molecular biology techniques to study bivalve molluscs, including fundamental aspects of bivalve biology, aquaculture, ecotoxicology and genetics which have direct industry and policy relevance. 

Pip Beard Senior Lecturer and Principal Investigator

The aim of my research is to understand the interactions between large DNA viruses and their host, and translate this knowledge into clinical outcomes. My research team focuses on the three capripoxvirus species (lumpy skin disease virus, sheeppox virus and goatpox virus) which each cause severe disease in livestock in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. 

In addition to my research I am the OIE laboratory expert for capripoxviruses at the Pirbright Institute and provide advice to international agencies on the control of these viruses. I lead the European Commission funded project DEFEND which is tackling the emergence of African swine fever and lumpy skin disease in Europe in partnership with 31 other consortium members including industry partners ID-VET and Zoetis. (EU H2020 research programme 773701).

Andrew Bease Research Associate
Katie Beckmann Lecturer in Wildlife Health & Conservation Medicine
Val Bell Departmental Assistant
Johanna Benndorf Bioinformatician
Maggie Bennett Communications and Knowledge Exchange Officer
Dr Gurå Therese Bergkvist Director Student Recruitment and Admissions & Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Anatomy

My research interests are in molecular pathways that become dysregulated in cancer and dysregulation of osteoclasts in bone. I have a particluar interest in oral tumours in cats, and how they invade the bone of the mandible as well as feline tooth resorption. Osteoclasts are my favourite cell, so anything related to osteoclasts and I am interested!

Mr Paul Bessell Veterinary Epidemiologist/Research Fellow
Mrs Valerie Bishop Core Scientist (Research Fellow)
Dr Thalia Blacking Lecturer in Applied Vet Physiology
Prof Karen Blissitt Personal Chair of Equine Cardiology and Anaesthesia

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.

Gordon Bloomer Storeperson
Dominika Borowska Research Fellow
Dr Kay Boulton Research Fellow
Connor Bowen Core Scientist (Research Fellow)
Mrs Aileen Boyle Core Scientist (Research Fellow)
Dr Barry Bradford Core Scientist (Research Fellow)

Prion diseases are prototypical protein-misfolding neurodegenerative disorders. Using this model we study how protein-misfolding within the brain results in activation of the supporting glia cells, impacts upon brain function and ultimately leads to loss of the connections (synapses) and death of brain cells (neurons). The goal of my research is to understand how this happens and how other infections and activation of the immune system may influence neurodegeneration. the ultimate goal of my research is to identify potential therapeutic treatments for these currently untreatable conditions.

Georgina Bradley Research Assistant
Fiona Brain Animal Technician (Poultry)
Irene Breider
Abi Bremner Research Technician
Professor Mark Bronsvoort Personal Chair of Veterinary Epidemiology

I currently have a broad portfolio of interests including the epidemiology of foot-and-mouth disease and bovine tuberculosis and using molecular tools to understand transmission and spread at different scales in LMICs.  

Mr Alex Brown Core Scientist (Research Fellow)
Dr Helen Brown Core Scientist (Statisician)

To date my main research interest has been in mixed (or multilevel) models. These involve identifying and accounting for sources of variation and correlation structures in the data and offer potential advantages over conventional modelling methods including: improved efficiency, more appropriate variances and correlations, wider inference and offer the potential to overcome problems caused by missing data.

At The Roslin Institute my research will involve providing the statistical contribution to collaborative scientific research using a range of methods and developing novel statistical approaches to particular problems arising where appropriate. I expect to develop my research in mixed models further in addressing applications arising within the Institute.

Liz Brown Departmental Assistant
Dr Sarah Brown Senior Research Fellow (Core Scientist)
  • Animal behaviour and welfare
  • Experience of positive affect in animals
  • 'Happy-Healthy' - how positive experiences affect mental and physical health
  • Role of neuroinflammation in animal health and welfare
  • Human-animal interactions - in particular empathy and animal training techniques
Mrs Sharon Brown Named Veterinary Surgeon
Dr Karen Bryson Research Fellow

T cell responses in infection and neurodegeneration.

Dr Tom Burdon Group Leader/Senior Research Fellow

Regulation of growth and differentiation of embryo derived stem cells.

Miss Liz Burrough Research Associate - Dairy Herd Health and Productivity Service
Oriol Canela Xandri RCUK Innovation/ Rutherford Fund Fellowships

Developing methods for understanding how genes are related to the development of different traits.

Ms Ailsa Carlisle Easter Bush Campus Operations and Services
Chris Carpenter Stores Assistant
Mr Timothe Cezard Lead Informatician
Antonia Chalka PhD Candidate
Dr Cosmin Chintoan-Uta Core Scientist (Research Fellow)
Dr Tushar Choudhary Research Fellow
Dr Emily Clark Chancellors Fellow

My main research interests focus on transcriptomics and genomics in livestock in both production animals and indigenous African breeds. I am particularly interested in functional annotation and the transcriptional control of complex traits.

Professor Dylan Clements Professor of Small Animal Orthopaedics, Head of Small Animal Surgery
  • Veterinary clinical orthopaedics
  • Veterinary surgical education
  • The epidemiology of health aging in dog populations
  • The genetic basis and functional aspects of osteoarthritis.
Dr Mike Clinton Group Leader/Senior Research Fellow

Molecular control of sex determination and gonadal development. Mechanisms underlying sexual dimorphisms in birds. Micro-RNA regulation of cell and tissue differentiation.

Dr Sara Clohisey Core Scientist (Research Fellow)
Prof Eddie Clutton Personal Chair of Veterinary Anaesthesiology
Dr David Collie Group Leader/Reader

Pathophysiologic mechanisms underlying lung disease.

Dr Tim Connelley Roslin Research Fellow
Maria Contreras garcia
Maria Contreras Garcia Postdoctoral Scientist
Dr Alexander Corbishley Senior Lecturer in Farm Animal Practice
  • Clinical farm animal veterinary medicine

  • Population health and metabolic status

  • Immunology and vaccinology

  • Zoonoses and antimicrobial resistance  

Prof Brendan Corcoran Personal Chair of Veterinary Cardiopulmonary Medicine

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

Lisa Cormack Administrative Assistant
Ricardo Corona Torres Research Fellow
Chloe Craig
Dr Nicky Craig Post-Doctoral Research Associate
Miss Inês Crespo Research Administration and Communications Officer
Lucy Cui lin Research Fellow
Dr Geoff Culshaw Head of Cardiology Service, Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Cardiopulmonary Medicine
  • 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
Elena Dall'Agnese Research Assistant
Carola Daniel Residency in Equine Diagnostic Imaging
Dr Megan Davey Group Leader

Our current projects include:

  • The embryological origin of radial aplasia
  • Fate mapping the limb bud and the control of co-ordinated development of limb anatomy
  • Developing novel avian transgenic tools for developmental biology
  • The evolution of limb pattern in birds
  • The function of TALPID3
Alyssa Davidson Poultry Technician - Modern Apprentice
Amanda Davidson Divisional Assistant
Thiago De Paula Oliveira TRAIN@ED Fellow
Dr Jorge Del-Pozo Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Anatomic Pathology

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).

Dr Abigail Diack Roslin Research Fellow

Human and animal prion disease pathogenesis and strain characterisation.

Professor Paul Digard Chair of Virology

Replication and pathogenesis of influenza viruses.

Professor Appolinaire Djikeng Director - Centre for Tropical Livestock Genetics and Health
  • Livestock comparative genomics, functional genomics and metagenomics.
  • Tropical livestock adaptation, resilience and productivity
  • Tropical agriculture and sustainable development
Mariana Dobrodenkova
Professor Andrea Wilson Personal Chair

The Doeschl-Wilson group investigates how the genetics of individuals affects the spread of infectious disease, both within an animal and between animals. We are an interdisciplinary group of scientists aiming to effectively combine field and laboratory experiments with mathematical modelling and quantitative genetics theory, with the ultimate aim to improve livestock health and resilience.  

Dr Xavier Donadeu Reader

I lead a research group working in the areas of Stem Cell biology and Reproductive Biology in large animal species. We are interested in these species both from a veterinary perspective and as disease models.  Work in my laboratory spans from hypothesis-led studies to understand basic cell, organ and whole animal biology and physiology, all the way through to translational studies with industry to develop novel molecular diagnostics and cell-based therapies to address specific key challenges faced by the livestock (cattle) industry and companion animal sectors. My laboratory is best known for pioneering work on 1) the use of miRNAs as novel diagnostic biomarkers for cattle, and 2) the generation and application of stem cells, particularly induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), in farm species (horse, cattle, pigs). 

Dr David Donaldson Research Fellow
Dr Inga Dry Core Scientist (Research Fellow)
Neil Duncan Research Technician
Dr Ian Dunn Professor

Using the genetics and physiology of avian reproduction allows us to develop strategies utilising traditional or marker assisted selection to tackle problems as diverse as osteoporosis in laying hens, growth and reproduction in meat type birds, antimicrobial activity of egg white and shell quality in laying hens.

Ms Samantha Eaton Core Scientist (Research Felow)
Mr Kevin Eatwell Senior Lecturer
Alireza Ehsani TRAIN@ED Fellow
Dr Cathlene Eland Lead Sequencing Technologist
Mabon Elis Network Administrative and Communications Assistant
Dr Lel Eory Bioinformatician
Dr Cristina Esteves Senior Research Fellow

Research projects:

- Mesenchymal Stem/Stromal cells (MSCs) as novel tools for combating antimicrobial resistance in companion animals (horses and dogs) and livestock (cattle)

- Developing novel stem cell approaches towards next-generation regenerative therapies

- Involvement of Mesenchymal Stem/Stromal cells in Mycobacterium infection

- Exploiting stem cell and gene editing technologies towards discovery of genetic variants important for muscle development and meat production

- Isolation and characterisation of myogenic precursor cells in pigs: towards development of an in vitro model for the study of muscle growth


Caitlin Evans
Shiona Ewart Laboratory Assistant
Prof Colin Farquharson Personal Chair of Skeletal Biology

Identification of the cellular and molecular mechanisms responsible for bone and cartilage growth, development and mineralisation in health and disease.

Bekir Faydaci Research Assistant
Professor Ross Fitzgerald Personal Chair of Molecular Bacteriology

Use of genomic and molecular tools to examine the evolution and pathogenesis of clinically important species of Staphylococci and Legionella


Dr Stephen Fitzgerald Research Fellow
Willow Fox PhD Student
Dr Jenny Fraser Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Biomedical Sciences

I am interested in the molecular pathways activated as cells adapt to various forms of stress and how these become dysregulated in disease.

Clemence Fraslin Research Fellow - Aquaculture Breeding
Dr. Juliane Friedrich Core Scientist (Research Fellow)
James Furniss Research Associate
Bernadette Gallagher Research Nurse
Professor David Gally Personal Chair of Microbial Genetics

My research aims to define the genetic determinants that contribute to the spread of important zoonotic diseases such as those caused by enterohaemorrhagic E. coli and Salmonella.  Current work is applying machine learning and phylogenomics to predict the source and disease threat of isolates. The other main focus of our research is to understand the expression of bacterial colonisation factors and apply this knowledge to develop vaccines to limit bacterial zoonotic diseases. 


Senthil Gandi Business Development Executive
Samuel García Huete MSCR Student
Dr Andrew Gardiner Senior Lecturer

Veterinary education, veterinary primary care, community animal health and welfare, shelter medicine, ethics, veterinary history, cross-discipline animal studies. See under Media tab for some more information.

Eleanor Gaunt Sir Henry Dale Fellow
Ophélie Gervais Core Scientist - Research Fellow
Dr Almas Gheyas Research Fellow
Mrs Hazel Gilhooley Core Scientist (Research Technician)
George Gkekas
Laura Glendinning Research Fellow

I am interested in understanding the microbiota of livestock animals, and using functional knowledge about the microbiota to design interventions to improve host nutrition and welfare while increasing the sustainability of livestock farming

Dr James Glover Core Scientist (Research Fellow)
Dr Gregor Gorjanc Chancellor's Fellow

I lead the HighlanderLab that is managing and improving populations using data science, genetics, and breeding.

We are interested in:

(i) methods for genetics and breeding,

(ii) design and optimisation of breeding programs, and

(iii) analysis of data to unravel biology and to inform new ways of improving populations.

We are doing this research in collaboration with a range of private and public organisations in animal, plant, and insect breeding.

Romana Gorjanc Laboratory Administrator
Dr Adam Gow Head of Small Animal Internal Medicine, Senior Lecturer in Small Animal Medicine

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

Canine liver disease and pathogenesis of hepatic encephalopathy. 

Performance of Pet-side testing

Dr Deborah Gow Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Dermatology, EBVS® European Specialist & RCVS Specialist in Veterinary Dermatology
Sander Granneman MRC Senior Non-Clinical Research Fellow in RNA Biochemistry and Group Leader

My lab is interested in the role of RNA regulators and RNA binding proteins in the regulation of gene expression. Most of our research has focussed on the assembly of large macromolecular complexes, such as the yeast ribosome. However, more recently, we have also been working on understanding the role of RNA surveillance factors in the regulation of mRNA transcription and translation in both yeast and pathogenic bacteria. The goal of our research is to obtain detailed mechanistic insights into the strategies that organisms use for regulating gene expression during rapid adaptive responses. For our research we use highly innovative methodologies such as CRAC and CLASH and high-throughput structure probing methods. Our work is funded by the BBSRC, SULSA, the Wellcome Trust and the Medical Research Council.

Dr Finn Grey Senior Research Fellow

Identifying host pathogen interactions using systems approaches

Fiona Griffiths Administrative Assistant
Sebastien Guizard Research Fellow
Manu Gundappa Research Fellow
Prof Danielle Gunn-Moore Personal 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.

Dr Caroline Hahn Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Clinical Neurosciences

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

Professor Chris Haley Group Leader

Understanding complex trait variation in humans and other species.


Rachael Halliday Animal Technician/Stock Person
Miss Carly Hamilton Network Manager
Dr Ian Handel Senior Lecturer

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

Holly Hardy Research Fellow
Dr Musa Hassan Chancellor's Fellow
Dr Denis Headon Group Leader/Senior Research Fellow

Development, maintenance and repair of the skin and its appendages.

Ms. Elizabeth Heap Lab Sequencing Technologist
Lindsay Henderson NARF Academic Liaison and Post-Doctoral Scientist
Luis Hernandez Castro Research Fellow (Epidemiology/statistics/training)
Thomas Hewitt
Dr Matthew Hindle Research Fellow
Mr William Ho Research Fellow in Epigenetics and Haematology
Kris Hogan NARF Avian Husbandry Manager
Professor Jayne Hope Personal Chair of Immunology

Immune responses to Mycobacterial infections in cattle.

Isabella Hoskins
Isidore Houaga Researcher
Dr Fiona Houston Senior Research Fellow/Group Leader

Molecular mechanisms underlying the pathogenesis of infectious and neurological diseases of ruminant livestock.

Professor Ross Houston Personal Chair of Aquaculture Genetics

Our research group focus on understanding the genetic basis of disease resistance in aquaculture species, and developing methods of selective breeding for improved resistance.

Dr Deborah Hoyle Career Track Fellow/Research Fellow

Molecular epidemiology of zoonotic and emerging pathogens, surveillance and disease control.

Mr Jun Hu Research Assistant
Mr Tuan jun Hu Research Assistant
Si-Yu Huang D.V.M.
Calder Hudson Project Administrator
Dr Kirsty Hughes Research Assistant (Veterinary Medical Education)

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

Dr Emily Humble Research Fellow in Conservation Genomics
Emma Hurst Research Fellow
Mrs Moira Hutchison Laboratory Attendant
Jamie Hyndman Poultry Technician - Modern Apprentice
Professor Ian Jackson Programme Leader/ Professorial Fellow

Mouse models of human and animal disease

Mateja Janes Research Fellow - Canine Inbreeding
Mr Siddharth Jayaraman Research Fellow
Claire Jeffrey Finance Assistant
Dr Amy Jennings Lecturer in Production Animal Infectious Disease Management

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

The epidemiology of Border Disease 

Zoonotic disease in cattle in Cameroon

Dr Kirsty Jensen Research Fellow
Yehwa Jin Research Fellow/Laboratory Manager
Dr Jeanette Johansson Research Fellow
Shereen Johnson Solicitor
Martin Johnsson UoE Temporary Staff

My research interests concern the molecular basis of quantitative traits, and ways to integrate different kinds of genomic data in animal genetics.

Mr Alex Johnston Research Assistant
Alix Johnston
Esther Kamau Programme Development Manager (PDM)
Professor Rowland Kao Chair of Veterinary Epidemiology and Data Science
Dr Emma Keeble DVREP Senior Lecturer and Vet Clinician
Dr John Keen Senior Lecturer

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

Marianne Keith Research Assistant
Louise Kelly Legal Administrator
Dr Rob Kelly Lecturer in Farm Animal Practice

Livestock health and livelihoods:

  • Clinical population medicine. 
  • Assessing the impact of parasites and co-infections. 
  • Monitoring and evaluation of sustainable interventions for infectious disease control.

I am a veterinary clinical academic, with a mixed background in clinical practice, education and field-based research. The focus of my work is assessing the impact of livestock infectious diseases and implementing pragmatic health interventions to improve livestock health. In particular, I have experience in assessing the performance of diagnostic tests in naturally infected populations to understand the epidemiology and impact of infectious diseases. I am also passionate about using technology-enhanced learning to improve clinical outcomes and widen participation access in health education globally. In future, I seek to collaborate on projects to improve the health and food security of livestock rearing communities in resource-limited settings.

Professor Stephen Kemp Chair of Tropical Livestock Genetics and Health
Dr Joe Kennedy Research Fellow
Steven Kerr Post Doctoral Scientist
Mr Declan King Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Dr Takanori Kitamura Chancellor's Fellow

Solid tumours include a range of immune cells that promote tumour development such as regulatory T (Treg) cell, myeloid derived suppressor cell (MDSC), tumour-associated macrophage (TAM), and neutrophil (TAN). I am interested in their roles in metastatic tumour outgrowth and effects on anti-tumour immune reactions as well as efficacy of immunotherapy.

Mikolaj Kocikowski PhD Student

Cancer Research, Antibody Engineering, Immune Checkpoints, Veterinary Therapeutics

Eve Koo
Dr Andreas Kranis Senior Research Fellow / Group Leader

Leverage Big Genomic Data through novel computational and bionformatics approaches to dissect genetically complex traits to improve efficiency and robustness of farmed animal species  

Nisha Kriplani Core Scientist
Mr Richard Kuo Bioinformatician
Dr Dominic Thekkedath Kurian Proteomics and Metabolomics Facility Mgr
Mr Fraser Laing Technical Officer
Mr Stuart Lansley ICT Business Systems Officer, Operational Services
Letícia Aparecida de Castro Lara Research Fellow

I have concentrated my studies in Quantitative Genetics, Computing for Statistical Genetics (specially in R software), and Mixed Models. My research interests comprise Bioinformatics, Genomic Selection, Bayesian Models, Machine and Deep Learning.

Dr Andy Law Group Leader/Senior Research Fellow

The development of simple-to-use systems for handling and reformatting data for genetic analyses.

Dawn Law Quality Manager
Prof Alistair Lawrence UoE Temporary staff

I am interested in positive psychological states in animals and understanding the wider effects of positive psychology on animal health and welfare. Our current focus is on animal play and environmental enrichment. 

Hui-Min Lee Research Fellow
Ola Lee Research Assistant
Seungmee Lee Research Fellow
Patrick Lennard MSC
Rebecca Lidstone-Scott Administrative Assistant
Dr Simon Lillico Research Fellow
Dr Oliver Lin Research Fellow
Mrs Tiziana Liuti Senior Lecturer
Graham Logan Poultry Technician
Nicola Lowe Contracts Administrator
Emily Lowndes PhD Student
Nelson Lubanga TRAIN@ED Fellow
Dr Peter Lurz UoE Honorary staff
Dr Samantha Lycett Senior Lecturer / Group Leader - Pathogen Phylodynamics

Pathogen Phylodynamics - evolution and epidemiology of viruses and bacteria using bayesian and machine learning methods.

Nicola Lynskey Career Track Fellows

The overall interest of the Lynskey Lab is the study of virulence factor regulation and innate immune modulation by pathogenic streptococci. Our work is currently focused on two important pathogens, Streptococcus agalactiae (group B Streptococcus), the causative agent of economically important infections in multiple animal hosts which has also emerged as a major human pathogen, and the human pathogen Streptococcus pyogenes (group A Streptococcus). We seek to identify regulatory genes that enable the bacteria to switch from a benign to invasive disease state and characterise their mechanism of action and impact on host immune defences. We are also interested to use this information to better   understand and characterise the factors driving host-species adaptation of S. agalactiae, which causes significant disease in humans, cattle and fish.

Professor Neil Mabbott Personal Chair of Immunopathology

Host-pathogen interactions in the mucosal immune system.

Dr Joni Macdonald Research Fellow
Dr Jill MacKay Lecturer (Veterinary Science Education)

Research methodology, open science practices

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.



John Mackenzie Chief Executive Officer
Catriona MacKinnon
Madison MacLeay
Prof Alastair Macrae Personal Chair of Farm Animal Health and Production

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

Dr Vicky MacRae Reader

Investigating new mechanisms of bone formation and vascular calcification.

Marina Mantsopoulou MRCS Student
Marina Mantsopoulou Research Fellow
Enock Mararo MSC, PhD Student
Dr Katia Marioni-Henry Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Neurology
Melissa Marr Post-doctoral Research Fellow in Conservation Genomics
Dr Jessica Martin Senior Lecturer in Physiology & 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.

Mrs Yolanda Martinez Pereira Senior Lecturer in Cardiopulmonary Medicine

Clinical biomarkers of congestive heart failure in canine patients Novel diagnostic tools in canine mesothelioma Use of 4-D echocardiography in the dog

Dr Heather Mathie Research Fellow
Dr Heather Mathie Research Fellow
Ms Tricia Mathieson Technical Officer
Dr Oswald Matika Research Fellow
Jennifer Mattock Core Scientist Bioinformatician
Stella Mazeri Chancellor's Fellow
Mr Sean McAteer Research Associate
Miss Elaine McDonald PGR Clerical Assistant
Gus McFarlane Research Associate
Prof Bruce McGorum Personal Chair of Equine Medicine

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

Mrs Gillian McGregor Laboratory Technician
Dr Mike McGrew Senior Lecturer

Biobanking and genome editing of avian germ cells


Mrs Irene McGuinnes Research Technician
Dr Lynne McGuire Research Fellow
Kiah McIntosh Bioinformatician
Mr Laurie McIntosh ICT Technical Support Officer, Operational Services
Ms Ray McKenzie Receptionist (Part time), Servitorial Services Central
Dr Gerry McLachlan Group Leader/Senior Research Fellow

Preclinical studies to evaluate safety and efficacy of vectors for respiratory gene/miRNA delivery in mice & sheep. Sheep as a large animal model for respiratory disease.

Catherine McLaughlin Research Associate
Connor McLeod Digital Resources Trainee
Lee McManus Technical Officer, BVS
Mrs Lynn McTeir Research Assistant
Scott McVittie Technical Assistant, BVS
Professor Simone Meddle Personal Chair of Behavioural Neuroendocrinology

Adaptations of the neuroendocrine system: hormonal and neural regulation of reproduction and behaviour.  Animal Welfare: Neurobiology of positive welfare and behaviour.

Dr Stephen Meek Research Fellow
Jen Meikle Finance Administrator
Prof Richard Mellanby Personal Chair of Comparative Medicine

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

Prof Anna Meredith Personal 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

Dr Dominique Meunier Research Fellow
Natascha Meunier Research Fellow
Miss Katarzyna Miedzinska-Bielecka Research Technician
Colin Miller Purchasing Manager
Prof Elspeth Milne Personal 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.

Graeme Milne Animal care Technician
Emily Minter
Julie Miranville
Dr Jason Mooney Research Fellow

My primary interest is in invasive bacterial infections – how they overcome the innate physical and immunological barriers at mucosal surfaces to invade the tissues and then how they evade systemic immune responses to establish a niche for replication. My current work focuses on malaria co-infection as a risk factor for invasive bacterial disease, specifically the role of coinfection in loss of intestinal integrity and disruption of neutrophil-mediated containment of Salmonella. This research has led to work in animal models (rodent, porcine, non-human primate) and clinical cohorts (UK and The Gambia).

Richard Mooney Poultry Technician
Dr Katrina Morris Research Fellow
Professor Ivan Morrison Professor Ivan Morrison

The mechanisms of T cell-mediated immunity against intracellular pathogens of ruminants and how dysregulation of such responses can result in enhanced pathology.

Dr Liam Morrison Senior Research Fellow

I am interested in the infection biology of protozoan parasites of livestock. I am particularly attracted to integrated approaches where we can learn about both host and parasite processes that are key to infection/disease progression – especially in the clinically relevant host, the cow. I work primarily on African trypanosomes, but also on Theileria parva , which together are the most significant pathogens affecting livestock in sub-Saharan Africa. I also work on Cryptosporidium parvum, a worldwide enteric pathogen of humans and livestock. My work aims to identify key host-parasite interactions that determine disease outcome, further our understanding of bovine immunobiology, and identify targets for interventions (e.g. drug & vaccine development).

Dr Linda Morrison Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Anatomic Pathology
Dr Adrian Muwonge BBSRC Future Leader Fellow
Nithya Nair
Mrs Claire Neil Research Assistant
Clare Neilson Legal Advisor
Caitlin Newman Research Assistant
Lucile Neyton
Jonathan Nicol
Scott Noble Technical Officer, BVS
Dr Tim Nuttall Senior Lecturer in 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.

Dr Marie O'Shea Research Fellow
Professor Rob Ogden Director of Conservation Science / Director of ECOS / Head of Conservation Genetics
Julia Oh PhD Student
Aleksandra Okolo-Kulak
Thomas Oldfield
Dr Oluyinka Opoola Research Fellow
Professor Tanja Opriessnig Chair of Infectious Disease Pathology, Group Leader

Infectious disease models; Intervention strategies; Pathology; Veterinary diagnostics; Pigs.

Brigid Orr Research Fellow
James Owen PhD Student
Maciej Pajak Research Fellow

I'm interested in applying machine learning methods and other computational tools to real world data. I use my computational background and software engineering skills to answer research questions from various disciplines including neuroscience, cognitive science and biology. The overarching theme of my research programme can be summarised as quantifying contribution of finely-tuned genetic regulation to emergence of complex function at the synapse using cutting edge computational tools. In the future it will also include tackling the question of the evolution of molecular etiology of neuropsychiatric disorders

Reiss Pal PhD Student in Neuropathology
Dr Sudeepta Kumar Panda Research Fellow

Genome engineering of poultry for agricultural and biomedical purposes

Dr Lisa Pang Research Fellow
Nunticha Pankaew PhD - Infection and Immunity
Alba Park De La Torriente
Mr Maciej Parys Vet Clinical Lectureship

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. 

Mrs Judith Pate Laboratory Technical Officer
Dr Gavin Paterson Senior Lecturer in Molecular and Applied Microbiology
Dr Jessie Paterson Lecturer in Student Learning

Student learning, study skills support (including the use of Peers), student assessment, learning and assessment generally

Dr Trevor Paterson Bioinformatician/Software Developer
Mrs Edith Paxton Research Assistant
Beth Pearson
Carolina Penaloza Research Fellow
Mr Cezar Pendarovski Portal Developer
Gabriela Peniche
George Penman
Dr Kanchan Phadwal Research Fellow

Role of autophagy in neurodegenerative diseases: mechanisms and therapeutic approach.

Dr Adrian Philbey Senior 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.

Dr Chiara Piccinelli Lecturer in Veterinary Clinical Pathology
Lia Pickles BSc
Prof Scott Pirie Personal 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).

Ivan Pocrnic Core Scientist (Research Fellow)

My main research interest is in the development of novel breeding methodologies and tools. This work involves a synergy between theoretical quantitative genetics and practical animal breeding. My main expertise is the application of genomic selection on big datasets for various species (pig, chicken, cattle, etc.) and various models, with emphasis on single-step genomic prediction.

Dr Patrick Pollock Senior 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.

Dr Ricardo Pong-Wong Quantitative Genetic Tools Specialist
Dr Christopher Pooley Quantitative Geneticist
Oscar Powell
Dr James Prendergast Group Leader
Jamie Prentice Research Fellow
Dr Christopher Proudfoot Research Fellow
Jayne Quoiani Easter Bush Science Outreach Centre Officer
Dr Joe Rainger Roslin Research Fellow
Dr Anna Raper Research Assistant
Lucy Raud Easter Bush Campus Operations and Services
Dr Konrad Rawlik Core Scientist (Research Fellow)
Dr Richard Reardon Senior 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

Doug Redpath Research Computing Infrastructure Officer
Dr Tim Regan Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Joe Reynolds
Prof Susan Rhind Chair of Veterinary Education

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

Ms Amy Richards Research Fellow and Lab Manager
Jon Riddell Research Fellow
Dr Valentina Riggio Research Fellow
Natalie Ring Research Fellow
Sian Ringrose Business Development Executive
Adrian Ritchie Senior Research Assistant
Lisa Ritchie Administration Assistant
Mr Graeme Robertson Bio-Imaging & Flow Cytometry Research Tech. (Core Funded)
Professor Nikki Robertson Professor of Perinatal Neuroscience & Honorary Consultant Neonatologist

My clinical and research interest is neonatal brain injury and neuroprotection of the term and near-term baby, working both as a consultant neonatologist and research group lead at UCL over the past 20 years. The journey has been exciting and fast-moving, with therapeutic hypothermia (HT) for neonatal encephalopathy (NE) being a significant advance in newborn care. However, as HT is only partially protective, we are searching for adjunct therapies which can complement and synergize with HT.  We study mechanisms of brain injury using MR techniques and NIRS. With the aim to move therapies along the translational pipeline, we have studied the following neuroprotective agents: melatonin, noble gases (xenon and argon), amiloride, erythropoeitin, remote ischemic post conditioning.  We have shown that proton MRS is a robust marker of neurodevelopmental outcome in NE and we use this biomarker both in our pre-clinical models and for clinical prognosis.

Mr Gordon Rolland Senior Site Security Officer
Dr Roger Ros Freixedes
Dr Gianluigi Rossi Research Fellow
Antonios Roussos Research Student
Rose Ruiz Daniels Research Fellow
Dr Khalid Salamat Core Scientist (Research Fellow)
Dr Mazdak Salavati Research Fellow
Dr Silke Salavati Senior 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).

Dr Enrique Sanchez Molano Post Doctoral Researcher in Livestock Genomics
Conchi Sanchez Perez Senior Technical Officer (Research)
Professor Helen Sang Personal Chair of Vertebrate Molecular Development

Applications of transgenesis in the chick, particularly in study of the development of the chick embryo and resistance to disease.

Prof Neil Sargison Personal 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.  

Dr Jeffrey Schoenebeck Chancellors Fellow

Genetic, genomic, and phenotyping approaches to studying the biological mechanisms that underlie canine morphology and disease.

Dr Tobias Schwarz Reader in Diagnostic Imaging DI Service Head

Veterinary diagnostic imaging, in particular computed tomography

Mariela Scortti Lecturer, Division of Infection and Pathway Medicine
Emma Scott Junior Transgenic Technician, BVS
Fiona Scott EPAD Laboratory Manager
Mr Alessandro Seguino Senior 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.

Dr Colin Sharp Postdoctoral Research Associate
Dr Darren Shaw Reader in Comparative Epidemiology

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

Brandon Shek
Miss Tara Sheldrake Research Assistant
Ms Shahida Sheraz Research Assistant
Dr Adrian Sherman Avian Technologies Manager
Dr Barbara Shih Research Fellow
Mr Colin Simpson Project Officer
Charles Sloan Stockman
Robert Sloan Stockman
Dr Jacqueline Smith Group Leader

Genomics of Avian Viral Infections

Dr Nikki Smith Research Fellow
Suzanne Smith Divisional Assistant
Dr Pieter Steketee Research Fellow
Louise Stephen Core Scientist - Research Fellow
Dr Jo Stevens Group Leader

Studies intracellular bacterial pathogens, with specific interest in the bacterial genes required for intracellular survival and evasion of innate immune responses.

Professor Mark Stevens Personal Chair of Microbial Pathogenesis

Salmonella, Campylobacter and Escherichia coli infections in farm animals, with emphasis on the bacterial and host factors that influence persistence, pathogenesis and protection.

Dr Robert Stewart Bioinformatician
Willie Stewart SPF Avian Facility Supervisor
Dr. Nicola Stock Public Engagement Officer
Dr Nicola Stock Project Officer - Public Engagement
Kasia Stoinska PA to Director and Strategic Coordinator
Marij Streutker Vet
Zoe Sudderick Research Technician
Tijani Sulaimon PhD Student
Dr Kate Sutton Research Fellow
Andrea Talenti Research Fellow
Spring Tan Research Fellow
Mrs Lorna Taylor Research Technician
Richard Taylor Research Fellow
Dr Sarah Taylor Senior Lecture in Equine Orthopeadics

Advanced imaging of equine fractures

miRNAs and osteoarthritis

miRNAs and SNPs in equine stress fractures


Professor Albert Tenesa Personal chair of Quantitative Genetics

Understanding how genetic variation influences normal and pathological variation in humans.

Mr Peter Tennant Senior Research Assistant
Charlotte Thomas Research Fellow
Beth Thompson UG BSC
Andrew Thomson Poultry Technician
Frances Thomson Research Assistant
Marcus Thomson Poultry Technician
Mrs Elisabeth Thornton Research Technician
Prof Michael Thrusfield Personal Chair of Veterinary Epidemiology
Dr Alison Tidswell Postdoctoral Research Associate
Robbie Tod Farm Animal Technician
Daniel Tolhurst Vet
Mrs Karen Troup Research Assistant
Dr Smaragda Tsairidou Research Fellow
Salla Tuomaala
Dr Thomas Tzelos Research Fellow
Zia Ur-Rehman PhD Student
Dr Elise van der Heijden Postdoctoral Scientist
Mrs Deepali Vasoya Bioinformatician
Dr Douglas Vernimmen Chancellors Fellow/Research Fellow

Our collaborative research with Prof K Kranc is to address the precise functions of epigenetic regulators in myeloid leukaemia using in vitro, ex-vivo and in vivo models. Together with additional screening in patients for mutations in this gene, this research will enable us to develop new approaches to treat leukaemia.

Professor Lonneke Vervelde Personal Chair of Veterinary Immunology &Infectious Diseases

Host-pathogen interactions and immunomodulation in avian species.

In vitro/ex vivo organ cultures - organoids.

Thanasis Vogogias Scientific Software Engineer
Miss Christina Vrettou Research Assistant
Mrs Lindsey Waddell Research Assistant
Zhepeng Wang
Heather Warnock Facility Manager & Import and Export Manager, BVS
Dr Kellie Watson Director of the National Avian Research Facility
Professor Mick Watson Personal Chair of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology

I am interested in what large datasets tell us about biological function, and how we can correlate patterns in big data with phenotypes of interest in farm animal health, disease and productivity.

Tom Watson Research Associate
Emily Watts
Ruby White PhD Student
Professor Bruce Whitelaw Genus Personal Chair of Animal Biotechnology

Development of genetically engineered livestock for biomedical and agricultural applications.

Dr Pam Wiener Reader

Application of population and quantitative genetic approaches to dissect the genetic basis of phenotypic traits in domesticated animal species and to analyze the processes of domestication and breed development.  


Dr Toby Wilkinson Bioinformatician
Dr Erin Williams Senior Lecturer in Applied Veterinary Anatomy
Eleanor Wilson
Mr Pete Wilson Research Assistant
Dr Thomas Wishart Group Leader

Elucidating the mechanisms underpinning neuronal development, stability and degeneration in health and disease.

Miss Claire Wood MRC Clinical Research Training Fellow
Jess Wood Administrative Assistant and Tenant Liaison
Dr Shernae Woolley Research Fellow
Dr David Wragg Bioinformatician/Statistical Geneticist
Mr Steven Wright Senior Research Technician
Dr Zhiguang Wu Research Fellow
Erhan Yalcindag Research Fellow
Kaunda Yamba Vet
Dr Gonzalo Yebra
Alannaha Young Senior Research Contracts Officer
Dr Rachel Young Research Fellow