Vishi Reddy was born in Kolar, Karnataka, India. He obtained his Bachelor degree in Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry (B.V.Sc and A.H.) from Bangalore Veterinary College, Karnataka Veterinary, Animal, and Fisheries Sciences University (KVAFSU - Bidar), in August 2007. In September 2008, he was awarded with a scholarship from the Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI) to pursue his Master of Veterinary Science (M.V.Sc.) in Veterinary Biochemistry. He obtained his M.V.Sc. in 2010.
In December 2011, he started his Ph.D. under supervision of Professor Hans Nauwynck in the Laboratory of Virology, Department of Virology, Parasitology and Immunology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ghent University. Indian Council of Agricultural Research - International Fellowship (ICAR IF - 2011/12) and Ghent University special research fund (BOF - 2015) sponsored his Ph.D. project. In Nauwynck’s laboratory, he has elucidated the replication kinetics of infectious laryngotracheitis virus (ILTV) and infectious bronchitis virus (IBV) under in vitro and in vivo conditions. During his PhD, he also worked on fowl poxvirus (FPV) and Marek’s disease virus (MDV).
He successfully defended his doctoral thesis on October 31 2016. On November 14 2016, he started his postdoctoral research scientist job in The Pirbright Institute. Currently, he is working mainly on host virus interactions of avian oncogenic viruses such as MDV, Avian leucosis virus and chicken infectious anemia virus. He has published several first-author and co-author papers in international peer-reviewed journals, and has made oral and poster presentations in various international scientific conferences and symposiums.