The Hub team

The combined expert knowledge of six leading scientists from Pirbright will drive the study of cattle, pig and poultry antibody responses at high resolution to expand our understanding of protective immunity in species that can also be used as models for a range of human infectious diseases.

Dr Erica Bickerton

Leader of the Coronaviruses group at The Pirbright Institute

Hub specific project leader: Engineering recombinant infectious bronchitis viruses (IBV) to identify cross-reactive epitopes on the spike glycoprotein

 

Dr Pengxiang Chang

Post-doctoral scientist in the Avian Influenza group at The Pirbright Institute

Hub projects: Improve the efficacy and multivalency of herpes virus of turkey (HVT) viral vaccine vectored antigens against avian influenza virus (AIV); development of tool in chicken for antibody discovery

 

Dr Marie Di Placido

Senior post-doctoral scientist and project coordinator in the Immunogenetics group at The Pirbright Institute

Hub project manager and coordinator of the Hub collaborative projects

 

Prof Simon Graham

Leader of the Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) Immunology group at The Pirbright Institute

Hub coordinator and work programme leader: Link Fc and Fc-receptor function in multiple species (WP4)

 

Prof John Hammond

Pirbright Livestock Antibody Hub Lead

Head of Programme and leader of the Immunogenetics group at The Pirbright Institute

Hub specific project leader: Identification of cross-specific epitopes on the capsids of Foot-and-Mouth Disease Virus (FMDV)

 

Kevan Hanson

Research technician at the Pirbright Immunological Toolbox

Hub projects: Expression and engineering of recombinant antibodies in multiple species

 

Prof Munir Iqbal

Leader of the Avian Influenza group at The Pirbright Institute

Hub specific project leader: Prevention and control of avian influenza in poultry through antibody-based approaches

 

Prof Venugopal Nair OBE

Leader of the Viral Oncogenesis group at The Pirbright Institute

Hub specific project leader: Antibody guided design of a broadly protective recombinant Newcastle disease virus (NDV) F (fusion) protein vaccine.

 

Noemi Polo

Research technician in the Immunogenetics group and the Sequencing facility at The Pirbright Institute

Hub projects: In charge of single cell isolation by flow cytometry in multiple species (WP1) and Library preparation for NGS (WP2)

 

Dr Phoebe Stevenson-Leggett

Post-doctoral scientist in the Coronaviruses and the Viral Oncogenesis groups at The Pirbright Institute

Hub projects: Improve the efficacy and multivalency of herpes virus of turkey (HVT) viral vaccine vectored antigens against Newcastle disease virus (NDV) and infectious bronchitis virus (IBV); development of tool in chicken for antibody discovery

 

Dr Elma Tchilian

Leader of the Mucosal Immunology group at The Pirbright Institute

Hub specific project leader: The pig as a large-animal model for influenza virus infection, to inform the design and to test novel human vaccines and antibody-based therapeutic and prophylactic approaches