Isaac is an undergraduate student from the University of Bristol who is completing a placement year within the institute as part of his BSc. He will be a member of the Immunogenetics group where he will be carrying out his own project with the aim of investigating the differences in immune response to Infectious Bronchitis Virus (IBV) infection between different chicken lines. Previous work has found that different chicken lines respond more or less symptomatically to IBV infection, and his project will aim to determine the root cause of this.
IBV is a coronavirus that causes substantial losses to the poultry industry due to its impact on chicken growth and egg laying. Although vaccines are available, there is a limit to their effectiveness due to frequent emergence of variant strains in the field.