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Control of Infectious Diseases

Staff list

Name (sorted in ascending order) Role Research Interests
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.

 

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

Translational genomics in critical care medicine.

Professor Georgios Banos UoE Honorary staff

Animal breeding, genomics and computational biology.

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.  

Dr Robert Dalziel Group Leader/Senior Research Fellow
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 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

 

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. 

 

Dr Finn Grey Senior Research Fellow

Identifying host pathogen interactions using systems approaches

Professor Jayne Hope Personal Chair of Immunology

Immune responses to Mycobacterial infections in cattle.

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 Andy Law Group Leader/Senior Research Fellow

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

Dr Samantha Lycett Chancellors Fellow

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

Professor Neil Mabbott Personal Chair of Immunopathology

Host-pathogen interactions in the mucosal immune system.

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).

Professor Tanja Opriessnig Chair of Infectious Disease Pathology, Group Leader

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

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.

Dr Jacqueline Smith Career Track Fellow

Genomics of Avian Viral Infections

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.

Professor Lonneke Vervelde Personal Chair of Veterinary Immunology &Infectious Diseases

Host-pathogen interactions and immunomodulation in avian species, with a particular focus on mucosal surfaces.

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.

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.  

 

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.