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The Pirbright Seminar Series takes place on Thursday afternoons. The seminars take place in the Centre for Collaborative Learning at Pirbright.

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

Seminar times

12.40 - Refreshments
13.00 - Seminar
14.00 - 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,

2019 Seminar programme

Date Speaker Organisation Title Host
03 Jan        
10 Jan No Seminar this week n/a    
17 Jan No Seminar this week n/a    
24 Jan        Dr Benjamin Schusser        Technical University of Munich, Germany

'Genetically engineered chickens: New models to analyze host-pathogen interaction in chickens'

Dr Mark Fife
31 Jan    Dr Nuno Faria University of Oxford 'Lessons from Brazil: genomic and epidemiological surveillance of Zika and yellow fever virus' Dr Isabelle Dietrich
Date Speaker Organisation Title Host
07 Feb    No seminar this week n/a n/a n/a
14 Feb  Dr Adi Stern Tel Aviv University, Israel 'Exposing the hidden genetic diversity of RNA viruses during acute infection' Dr Toby Tuthill
21 Feb  Professor Simon Davis       University of Oxford 'Signaling by immune receptors - the kinetic-segregation model' Dr Linda Dixon
28 Feb   Dr Tzachi Hagai

European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI), Cambridge           

'Caught between pathogens and autoimmunity: The evolution of our immune system' Dr Toby Tuthill                   
Date Speaker Organisation Title Host
07 Mar

Professor Helen McShane

University of Oxford

International Womens Day 2019          
07 Mar Dr Katriina Whitaker University of Surrey International Womens Day 2019          
14 Mar   No seminar n/a n/a n/a
21 Mar   Professor Johanna Höög University of Gothenburg, Sweden 'Human and bull spermatozoa with a twist' Prof Pippa Hawes
28 Mar  No seminar this week n/a n/a n/a
Date Speaker Organisation Title Host
04 Apr     Professor Luis Enjuanes                           Centro Nacional de Biotecnología, Spain 'Molecular basis of coronavirus pathogenicity, prevention and treatment' Dr Erica Bickerton
11 Apr No seminar this week SGM n/a n/a
18 Apr No seminar this week Privelege Day n/a n/a
25 Apr Professor Tonya Colpitts

Boston University School of Medicine, USA

'Arbovirus host factors: discovery and targeting' Dr Karin Darpel
Date Speaker Organisation Title Host
02 May Dr Megan MacLeod                University of Glasgow 'Why are memory T cells ‘better’ than primary responding T cells?' Dr Elma Tchilian
09 May No seminar this week n/a n/a n/a
16 May Dr Joseph Hughes University of Glasgow 'Using High throughput sequencing to study viral populations of avian influenza and bluetongue virus' Dr Carrie Batten
23 May Dr Paul Fairchild University of Oxford 'Immunotherapy in an age of induced pluripotency' Dr Shahriar Behboudi
30 May Professor Brian Willett University of Glasgow 'Atypical morbillivirus infections of livestock in Tanzania' Dr Dalan Bailey
Date Speaker Organisation Title Host
06 Jun Dr Hannah Siddle                    University of Southampton 'A tale of two tumours: The repeated emergence of contagious cancers in the Tasmanian devil' Prof John Hammond
13 Jun Dr Sonja Härtle University of Munich, Germany                          'Regulators of chicken B cell development – basic research and application' Dr Andrew Broadbent
20 Jun Dr Chun-Hong Chen National Health Research Institutes, Taiwan 'Two C type Lectins in Zika and Dengue Pathogenesis: from mosquito to human' Dr Jaroslaw Krzywinski
27 Jun Dr Ed Hutchinson University of Glasgow 'A dose of the flu: variation in influenza virions' Dr Holly Shelton
Date Speaker Organisation Title Host
04 Jul Professor Sarah Cleaveland                 University of Glasgow           'Animal disease research in Tanzania: accelerating gains for health and development' Dr Simon Gubbins
11 Jul Professor Brian Ferguson
University of Cambridge
'Innate immune sensing of DNA by avian macrophages' Prof Venugopal Nair OBE
18 Jul Dr Maria Harkiolaki Diamond Light Source, Harwell Science & Innovation Campus 'Correlative soft-X ray cryo-tomography and super resolution fluorescence microscopy imaging for the life sciences' Prof Venugopal Nair OBE
25 Jul Dr Nicola Lewis        Royal Veterinary College 'Influenza A virus evolution: Characterisation for animal and public health'                                                          Prof Bryan Charleston

There are no seminars during August.

Date Speaker Organisation Title Host
05 Sep Dr Alexander Malogolovkin London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine 'Genetic signatures of African swine fever virus serotype-specificity' Dr Chris Netherton
12 Sep Dr Peter Simmonds

Nuffield Department of Medicine, University of Oxford

'Effects of CpG and UpA dinucleotide frequency modifications on RNA virus replication, fitness and host adaptation' Dr Toby Tuthill
19 Sep No seminar n/a n/a n/a
26 Sep Dr Theresa Ward London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine 'The role of cholesterol at the blood-brain barrier in neonatal bacterial meningitis'  Prof Pippa Hawes
Date Speaker Organisation Title Host
03 Oct Dr Sophie Van Der Zee Erasmus University, Rotterdam 'The truth about lie detection' Dr Simon Carpenter
10 Oct No seminar n/a n/a n/a
17 Oct Prof Paul Davis Mologic Ltd 'The Hitchhikers’ Guide to Immunoassay: Part 1, Escape from the Laboratory' Dr Don King
24 Oct Prof Rik de Stewart Department of Viroscience, Erasmus University Medical Centre 'Measles immune suppression: Lessons learned from animal models and outbreak studies' Dr Mana Mahapatra
31 Oct Dr Giovanni Lo Iacono University of Surrey "The impact of the environment on infectious diseases; Rift valley fever and campylobacteriosis as two case studies” One Health Day
Date Speaker Organisation Title Host
07 Nov Dr Gyorgy Fejer School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Plymouth 'Self-renewing, non-transformed, factor dependent macrophages - a new model to study lung alveolar macrophage functions and infectious pathogens in vitro' Dr Simon Graham
14 Nov TBC      
21 Nov TBC      
28 Nov TBC      
Date Speaker Organisation Title Host
05 Dec Dr Hui-Wen Chen Dept of Veterinary Medicine, National Taiwan University TBC Dr Erica Bickerton
12 Dec Prof Xiangxi Wang Institute of Biophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences 'African swine fever virus structure' Prof Bryan Charleston

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