|Name (sorted in ascending order)||Role||Research Interests|
|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).
|Professor Paul Digard||Chair of Virology||
Replication and pathogenesis of influenza viruses.
|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.
|Professor Jayne Hope||Personal Chair of Immunology||
Immune responses to Mycobacterial infections in cattle.
|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 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.
In vitro/ex vivo organ cultures - organoids.