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The Pirbright Seminar Series takes place on Thursday afternoons. The seminars take place in the Plowright Building at Pirbright.
External visitors can be invited to join the seminar remotely via their PC/laptop.

Extra seminars are sometimes scheduled at late notice; please contact the programme organisers for any changes to the schedule.

Seminar times

3.40 - Refreshments
4.00 - Seminar
5.00 - Student Q&A

Seminar contacts

For further information about individual seminars please contact the host directly.
For general information about upcoming seminars, please contact the programme organisers,

2017 Seminar programme

Date Speaker Organisation Title Host
05 Jan Prof Fiona Tomley Royal Veterinary College 'Are Eimeria parasites genetically diverse? And does it matter?' Dr Elma Tchilian
12 Jan Dr Christopher Chiu Imperial College 'Challenging approaches to respiratory virus vaccine development' Dr Elma Tchilian
19 Jan Prof Deborah Dunn-Walters University of Surrey 'Ageing and the B cell repertoire' Dr Simon Graham
26 Jan Sharon Brookes Animal and Plant Health Agency 'AIV - H5N8 UK & Europe 2014-2017' Dr Elma Tchilian
Date Speaker Organisation Title Host
02 Feb Dr Mike Skinner Imperial College London 'Avian host and virus transcriptomics' Dr Andrew Broadbent
09 Feb Dr Mark Howarth University of Oxford 'Protein superglues and dream-teams for control of signalling and accelerating vaccine generation' Prof Venugopal Nair OBE
16 Feb Dr Caswell Barry University College London 'How does your brain know where you are? The role of grid cells in navigation and memory' Dr Anthony Wilson
23 Feb Dr Michael Jarvis University of Plymouth 'Herpesvirus-based Vaccines for Infectious Disease and Cancer' Dr Simon Graham
Date Speaker Organisation Title Host
02 Mar Prof Ali Mirazimi Swedish Veterinary Institute 'Crimean Congo haemorrhagic fever virus; virus-host cell interaction' Dr Lesley Bell-Sakyi
09 Mar No seminar N/A N/A  
16 Mar Prof Richard Randall University of St. Andrews 'Interferons, paramyxoviruses and host cell interactions: molecular mechanisms and biological consequences' Dr Holly Shelton
23 Mar Prof Louise Cosby Queens University Belfast 'Paramyxovirus-receptor interactions: Importance in understanding cross species infection and disease treatment' Dr Linda Dixon
30 Mar Prof Matthew Bayliss University of Liverpool 'Role of climate in the emergence of bluetongue and other arborviruses' Dr Linda Dixon
Date Speaker Organisation Title Host
20 Apr Dr Mike McGrew Roslin Insitute 'Genome editing in poultry' Dr Shahriar Behboudi
27 Apr Dr Joe Grove University College London 'Immune selection shapes the entry pathway of hepatitis C virus' Dr Erica Bickerton
Date Speaker Organisation Title Host
04 May     Prof Ian Brown Animal and Plant Health Agency 'Current risk to the UK and Europe from AI; description of recent epizootics and control challenges' Dr Muhammad Munir
11 May Prof Christl Donnelly Imperial College 'Analysis and modelling of the West African Ebola epidemic' Dr Simon Gubbins
16 May Dr Edward Emmott University of Cambridge

'Norovirus control of the cellular environment: a role for viral and host proteases'

Dr Toby Tuthill
18 May Dr Pablo Murcia University of Glasgow 'Influenza cross-species jumps from birds to mammals' Dr Holly Shelton
25 May Prof Ervin Fodor University of Oxford 'The RNA synthesis machine of influenza viruses' Dr Holly Shelton
Date Speaker Organisation Title Host
01 Jun     Prof Nicola Stonehouse University of Leeds 'Poliomyelitis – why do we need new vaccines and how close are we to developing them?' Dr Holly Shelton
07 Jun Dr Adam Balic Roslin Institute

'Exploiting new technologies to advance understanding of the avian immune system'

Dr Andrew Broadbent
15 Jun Dr Mark Travis University of Manchester

'Regulation of intestinal T cell responses by integrins and TGF-beta'

Dr Bryan Charleston
22 Jun Dr Mary Pantin-Jackwood United States Department of Agriculture

'Studying the pathogenicity of avian influenza viruses in different avian species'

Dr Munir Iqbal
29 Jun Dr Kate Bishop The Francis Crick Institute 'Exploiting new technologies to advance understanding of the avian immune system' Dr Erica Bickerton
Date Speaker Organisation Title Host
06 Jul

Dr Abhay Kotecha

University of Oxford 'Looking at picornaviruses at near atomic resolution'                         Dr Julian Seago  
13 Jul Dr Bethan Purse Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

'How do ecology, environmental change and human priorities interact to drive livestock and zoonotic disease impacts? Integrating understanding into disease mitigation'

Dr Anthony Wilson
20 Jul    Dr Dan Horton University of Surrey 'Understanding drivers of cross-species viral transmission: Why have we not already eliminated rabies?' Dr Karin Darpel
27 Jul  Dr Yohei Yamauchi         University of Bristol 'Mechanism of influenza virus entry into host cells' Dr Bryan Charleston

There are no seminars during August.

Date Speaker Organisation Title Host
07 Sep N/A No seminar TBC N/A
14 Sep Dr Peter Jones Shire Professional Chartered Psychologists

'Thinking fast and slow at Pirbright'

Dr Pip Beard
21 Sep Dr Lonneke Vervelde Roslin Institute

'Fluorescent chickens to lighten up your research; application of CSF1R-transgenic chickens to study host-pathogen interactions'

Dr Erica Bickerton
28 Sep   N/A No External Seminar


Date Speaker Organisation Title Host
05 Oct      Prof Ed Lavelle Trinity College, University of Dublin 'Novel adjuvants for injectable and mucosal vaccines' Dr Satya Parida 
12 Oct    Dr Alain Kohl University of Glasgow

'Zika virus: properties and interactions with host cells'

Prof Luke Alphey                                  
19 Oct   Prof Sunetra Gupta University of Oxford 'A novel influenza vaccine targeting protective epitopes of limited variability' Dr John Hammond
26 Oct      Dr Mikhail Matrosovich Philipps Universität Marburg 'Molecular mechanisms behind emergence of pandemic influenza viruses: Role of viral HA, NA and PB1'               Dr Munir Iqbal
Date Speaker Organisation Title Host
02 Nov Dr Sharon Brookes     Animal and Plant Health Agency       'Applied research on H5N8 influenza virus during the 2016-17 outbreak - pathogeneses, transmission and virus survival' Dr Elma Tchilian
09 Nov         Prof Bruce Whitelaw  The Roslin Institute 'Genome editing technology set to accelerate livestock breeding' Dr Pip Beard
16 Nov Dr Nigel Temperton University of Kent

'Production and characterization of influenza Viral Pseudotypes: application to vaccine and therapeutics R&D'

Dr Munir Iqbal
23 Nov Dr Cecilia Johansson Imperial College London

'Type I interferons regulate lung inflammation during viral infections'

Dr Elma Tchilian
30 Nov Prof John Raynes London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine 'Polyclonal antibody analysis by biosensor' Dr Bryan Charleston
Date Speaker Organisation Title Host
07 Dec Prof Massimo Palmarini University of Glasgow 'Arbovirus evasion of the host immune system' Dr Javier Castillo-Olivares
14 Dec    

No seminar


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