Dear 7th EVIW community,

Our website, with all the oral and poster presentations and this extensive list of participants, will be available to registered attendees at least three months after the 7th EVIW livestreaming (29-31 August 2021).

Posting your biosketch and photo here will increase your visibility and boost your professional network, as well as stimulate communication that we all miss in virtual environment.

This will help us create a vibrant conference where the exchange of ideas will hopefully lead to new collaborations and projects.

Your Local Organizing Committee,

Veterinary Education Team Serbia

A/Aizenshtein Elina, Abic Biological Laboratories
Ajtić Jelena, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Belgrade
Alhussien Mohanned, Reproductive Biotechnology School of Life Sciences Weihenstephan Technical University of Munich Liesel-Beckmann-Str. 1 85354 Freising, Germany, Author
Alhussien Mohanned

Mohanned Alhussien completed his Master (2015) and PhD (2020) studies in Animal Physiology at ICAR-National Dairy Research Institute, India. His research focuses on the role played by the innate and acquired immune system during various physiological and physio-pathological conditions in livestock. During his doctoral program, He has conducted in-depth studies of the function and expression of the first line of cellular defence, i.e., neutrophil under both normal and inflammatory conditions in dairy cows.

      Early 2021, Alhussien joined the Chair of Reproductive Biotechnology, TUM, Germany as a postdoctoral fellow under the TUM University Foundation Fellowship. His current project is studying the functions of various immune cells in the pathogenesis of infectious diseases such as Salmonella and influenza using genetically modified chickens.

Alonso Alonso Uxía, Phd Student, Author
Amadori Massimo, Italian Network of Veterinary Immunology, Presenting author
Argilaguet Jordi, 1 IRTA, Centre de Recerca en Sanitat Animal (CReSA, IRTA), Campus de la Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Bellaterra 08193, Author
Ashley Emily, The Pirbright Institute
B/Baldwin Cynthia, University of Massachusetts, Presenting author, Keynote speaker
Baldwin Cynthia

Cynthia Baldwin received her PhD in immunology from the College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University, in 1983. She subsequently spent 7 years at the International laboratory for Research on Animal Diseases (now ILRI) in Nairobi, Kenya before returning to the USA as a professor at Ohio State University and then, since 1994. at the University of Massachusetts. Her research has focused on cellular responses to bacterial and protozoan pathogens of humans and/or livestock including Brucella, Leptospira, Mycobacterum and Theileria. She has had a particular emphasis on the characterisation and function of bovine gamma delta T lymphocytes and the role of the T cell co-receptor known as WC1 or T19. In recent years she and her colleagues have expanded this to evaluate these important receptors in sheep, goats and swine. This research may influence the way we think about gamma delta T cells as players in both innate as well as adaptive immunity and potentially vaccine development.

Balic Adam, The Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh, Presenting author
Baquedano María Soledad, Universidad Andres Bello, Author
Barsøe Sofie, Technical University of Denmark, National Institute for Aquatic Resources, Presenting author
Baumgarth Nicole, University of California Davis, Presenting author
Baumgarth Nicole

Dr. Nicole Baumgarth received her DVM and PhD from the School of Veterinary Medicine in Hannover, Germany. Following post-doctoral training in Australia, at the Walter and Elisa Hall Institute in Melbourne and the Queensland Institute of Medical Research in Brisbane, she joined the Herzenberg laboratory at the Stanford University Medical School as staff researcher. Since 2000 she has been on the faculty of the University of California Davis, at the Dept. Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology in the School of Veterinary Medicine. Her research laboratory is situated at the Center for Immunology and Infectious Diseases (formerly the Center for Comparative Medicine) at UC Davis where she is leading a NIH-supported research program focused on host-pathogen interactions, using mouse models of influenza virus infection and infections with Borrelia burgdorferi, the causative agent of Lyme disease. Her laboratory is exploring the mechanisms that regulate humoral immunity and the regulation and functions of B cell subsets in infection. Dr. Baumgarth was elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in 2019.



Beletić Andjelo, University Clinical Center of Serbia, Center for Medical Biochemistry, Moderator
Benarafa Charaf, Institute of Virology and Immunology IVI, Author
Benedictus Lindert, Farm Animal Health, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University, Presenting author, Moderator
Benedictus Lindert

Lindert Benedictus is an assistant professor in farm animal immunology and infection biology at the division of Farm Animal Health of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at Utrecht University. His research focuses on bovine immunology and infection biology and he also teaches in the Veterinary bachelor's and master's curriculum.
Lindert studied Veterinary Medicine at Utrecht University and received his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine, with a specialization in Farm Animal Health, in 2012. Immediately thereafter, Lindert started his PhD studies into "Bovine materno-fetal alloimmune mediated disorders" under supervision of Dr. A.P. Koets, Prof. Dr. V.P.M.G. Rutten and Prof. Dr. M. Nielen at the division of Immunology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University, and defended his thesis in 2015. For his first post-doctoral position Lindert worked at the department of Medical Microbiology (University Medical Centre, Utrecht) as well as continuing to work at the division of Immunology. He participated in a project to develop innovative new vaccination strategies against Staphylococcus aureus mastitis in dairy cattle, investigating host-pathogen interactions as well as performing experimental vaccine trials. Next, he moved to Scotland working as a research fellow at the Roslin Institute (University of Edinburgh), studying the role of non-conventional T-cells and antigens as novel vaccine targets for bovine tuberculosis, a collaborative project between the Roslin institute and APHA working with Dr. T. Connelley, Prof. Dr. M. Vordermeier and Prof. Dr. I. Morrison. A major result of this PostDoc was the first functional characterization of MAIT cells in cattle.

Beretta Leonardo, Beckman Coulter Life Sciences
Bertho Nicolas, INRAE, Presenting author
Bertho Nicolas

Nicolas Bertho is a senior scientist at INRAE, France. After a long stay in Isabelle Schwartz-Cornil team, he is now working in Nantes Veterinary School (BIOEPAR) in François Meurens team. His main research topic is the antiviral respiratory immune response in pig, with a focus on PRRSV and Influenza viruses and their interactions with myeloid cells such as dendritic cells and alveolar macrophages. He is currently developing two main projects on i) the comparison of adaptive immune response initiation in the lymph nodes upon influenza and PRRSV infections and ii) the induction of trained immunity in peripheral blood monocytes and alveolar macrophages in pig.

Bhat Sajad, University College Dublin, Presenting author
Borlle Lucia, Cornell University, Presenting author
Bosch-Camós Laia, IRTA-CReSA, Presenting author
Boudinot Pierre, INRAE, Presenting author, Keynote speaker
Boudinot Pierre

Dr Boudinot is a fish and comparative immunologist at INRAE (France). His team develops comparative approaches to understand host-virus interactions in fish, and the evolution of B and T cell repertoires. His group at the INRAE focuses on mechanisms of antiviral immunity in fish (salmonids and zebrafish), the structure of immune repertoires in healthy, infected and vaccinated salmonids, and the development of disease models in zebrafish. 

He is interested in the mechanisms of the type I IFN response induced by the viral infection in fish, in the evolution and functions of Interferon stimulated genes, as well as in the evolution of MHC and genetic resistance to viral diseases. Dr. Boudinot focused on B and T cell responses at the cell population level using repertoire sequencing approaches, aiming at understanding the role of public and private responses in the protection afforded by antiviral vaccines in salmonids.  Also, Dr Boudinot has been involved in the characterization of zebrafish inflammatory and immune responses against pathogens using the genetic resources of this fish model species with translational value human and fish health.

Bourry Olivier, ANSES, Laboratoire de Ploufragan, Presenting author
Bourry Olivier

Olivier Bourry (DVM, PhD) works at the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES) in France. He is the head of the PRRSV team in the Swine Virology and Immunology Unit at ANSES Ploufragan laboratory in Brittany. His current work focuses on PRRSV pathophysiology and vaccinology. He is interested in evaluating the effect of PRRS MLV vaccines at the epidemiological level and understanding the factors that could decrease the PRRSV vaccines efficacy under field conditions (MDA interference). In the recent years, he has also implemented different studies about the safety of the PRRS MLV vaccines.

Boysen Preben, Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU), Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Braun Michael , Beckman Coulter Life Sciences
Broere Femke, Faculty Veterinary Medicine, Biomelular Health Sciences
C/Caballero Ignacio, INRAE, Presenting author
Cabezas-Cruz Alejandro, INRAE, Presenting author
Cabezas-Cruz Alejandro

After graduation as Doctor in Veterinary Medicine in 2006, Alejandro joined the Center of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, in Havana, to work on tick control. In 2012, Alejandro obtained a Marie Curie scholarship and joined the EU-funded project POSTICK at the Institute of Parasitology in the Czech Republic and completed his Master in Parasitology. Then, in 2013 Alejandro enrolled in two PhD programs simultaneously and completed them in 2014 (Spain) and 2016 (France). In 2017 he joined INRAE as a Principal Investigator at the UMR-BIPAR, France. Since 2012, Alejandro has published 150 manuscripts on different aspects of tick research and is the inventor in 2 international patents. In 2017 he was awarded the 'Odile Bain Memorial Prize' for his outstanding contribution to Parasitology.

Chamorro Beatriz Miguelena, Boehringer Ingelheim
Ciliberti Maria Giovanna, University of Foggia, Department DAFNE, Presenting author
Cooke Debbie, Stellenbosch University
Correia Alexandra, i3S - Instituto de Investigação e Inovação em Saúde, Presenting author
Cox Eric, Ghent University, Presenting author, Moderator
Creve Rhea, Sciensano
Crisci Elisa, North Carolina State University, Presenting author, Keynote speaker
Crisci Elisa

Dr. Elisa Crisci received her DVM from the University of Bologna (Italy) and MS and PhD in Veterinary Health and Medicine, with focus in immunology and virology, at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona and CReSA (animal health research institute, IRTA) in Barcelona, Spain. During her PhD she performed several internships to gain skills in immunology and virology, in particular in Scotland (IMS, Aberdeen), Belgium (Ghent University) and Australia (WEHI, Melbourne). She worked with virus-like particles as vaccine vectors, different porcine viruses and with Biolevel 3 zoonotic pathogens.

She did her post-doctoral training at Linköping University (Sweden) and INRA (French public research institute dedicated to agricultural science) in Jouy-en-Josas (Paris, France). Finally, she moved to USA in 2018 and joined the College of Veterinary Medicine of North Carolina State University as an Assistant Professor.

Elisa define herself as a swine “viro-immunologist” and her current research address the virus-host interactions in porcine diseases with a focus on Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Virus and influenza virus. Her research interests are innate immunity, complement and respiratory viruses and she promote the use of pig as large animal model for human research. crisci-elisa/

Cuisinier Anne Marie, VIRBAC
D/Dakik Diana, Animal and Plant Health Agency/University of Surrey, Presenting author
Dakik Diana

Diana is currently a PhD candidate at the Animal and Plant Health Agency with the University of Surrey. Her rearch focuses on the identification and characterisation of equine dendritic cells and their interactions with viruses. 

Dalgaard Tina, Aarhus University, Author, Moderator
Dalgaard Tina

Dr. Tina S. Dalgaard is originally trained in Chemistry/Biotechnology and obtained her MSc degree from Aarhus University for work studying reactivation and prevention of human herpesviruses. She later continued her work on avian herpesviruses and obtained her PhD from Odense University for work focused on MHC determined resistance to Marek’s Disease. In her current research, veterinary immunology especially the avian immune system is in focus at the Department of Animal Science at Aarhus University. Her research group is studies avian responses to infectious pathogens with the aim of exploring ways to enhance immune-mediated disease resistance. She is especially interested in determining how early innate responses, particularly at mucosal surfaces, can modulate adaptive responses and influence induction of protective immunity. In addition, research involves detailed characterization of cell-mediated immunity in chickens. This work comprises development of new immunological tools and reagents for characterization of T cell phenotypes and function at a single cell level. Ultimately, the aim is to define immunological correlates of e.g. vaccine-induced disease protection. Apart from her research, Tina is head of the immune competence thematic group at the institute and responsible for BSc, MSc and PhD teaching in veterinary immunology. In addition to being associate editor of the journal Veterinary Science, she is a member of The International Society for Advancement of Cytometry, The Danish Society for Flow Cytometry, The Scandinavian Society of Immunology, The Veterinary Vaccinology Network, The International Veterinary Network and The Scottish Society of Cytomics.

Dalod Marc, CIML, CNRS, Presenting author, Keynote speaker
Dalod Marc

Dr Dalod is heading the team “Dendritic cells and antiviral defense” at the Centre d'Immunologie de Marseille-Luminy (CIML), in Marseille, France. He aims at understanding which combinations of dendritic cell (DC) types and activation states promote protective antiviral or anti-tumor immunity, and how. He is also dissecting how the functions of interferons can be beneficial or deleterious, depending on the pathophysiological context (Tomasello et al. Front Immunol. 2014), including during respiratory infections with Influenza or SARS-CoV strains causing severe lung immunopathology, in collaboration with Drs. Elena Tomasello, Ana Zarubica & Bernard Malissen.

Dr. Dalod trained for Ph.D. under the supervision of Drs. Elisabeth Gomard & Jean-Gérard Guillet, in Paris, from 1996 to 2000, studying CD8+ T cell responses to human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1). He discovered that anti-HIV-1 CD8+ T cell responses appear to be delayed and blunted during primary infection, as compared to responses described against acute infections with Epstein-Barr or Measles viruses (Dalod et al. J Clin. Invest. 1999). He hypothesized that HIV-1 infection was compromising the cross-talk between innate and adaptive immunity. Thus, for post-doctoral training, he joined the laboratory of Pr. Christine A. Biron (Brown University, USA) to examine the role of DCs and natural killer cells in antiviral immunity in mice. There, in collaboration with Drs. Giorgio Trinchieri, Carine Asselin-Paturel and colleagues (Schering-Plough, France), he contributed to the discovery and first in vivo functional study of mouse plasmacytoid DCs (Asselin-Paturel et al. Nat. Immunol. 2001; Dalod et al. J Exp Med. 2002; 2003).

Since joining the CIML in 2003, Dr Dalod has contributed to pioneer the use of comparative genomics to align immune cell types across tissues and species (Robbins et al. Genome Biol. 2008; Crozat et al. Immunol. Rev. 2010). He uses this strategy to identify conserved gene modules instructing DC ontogeny and functional polarization, and to increase the likelihood of translation to other vertebrate species of the discoveries made in mice (Vu Manh TP et al. Front Immunol. 2015a; 2015b). This work benefited from fruitful collaborations with Dr. Isabelle Schwartz-Cornil for animal species of agronomical interest and with Dr. Anne Hosmalin for humans and non-human primates.

H index: 49; 10,947 citations; 12 first or last author papers cited >100 times each.


Davis William, Washington State University, Author
Dawson Harry, Agricultural Research Service, United States Department of Agriculture, Presenting author
Dawson Harry

Dr. Harry Dawson earned his Ph.D. in Nutrition from Pennsylvania State University in 1998. He completed his post-doctoral work in the Laboratory of Clinical Immunology at the Gerontology Research Center of the National Institute on Aging in 2001. Since then, he has worked as a senior scientist in the Diet Genomics and Immunology Laboratory at the USDA Agricultural Research Service’s Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center. Dr. Dawson conducts studies on the interactions between dietary factors (primarily vitamin A and D but also garlic, green tea, cinnamon, prebiotics and probiotics), and immune function or inflammation. His research also focuses on swine as surrogates for humans. He has also conducted several large-scale comparative genomic analyses of the porcine immunome, inflammasome and nutriome. He also maintains the Porcine Translational Research database, a bioinformantics database devoted to cross-species (mouse-pig-human) model comparisons. He is the author or co-author of 81 publications. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of International Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.


De Buhr Nicole, University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Department of Biochemistry, Presenting author
De Gryse Gaëtan, Sciensano
De Luca Carlotta, Clinic for Poultry and Fish Medicine, University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, Presenting author
De Luca Karelle, Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health
Devriendt Bert, Ghent University, Presenting author, Keynote speaker
Devriendt Bert

Prof. Dr. Bert Devriendt leads the research unit Mucosal Immunology at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ghent University. In 2010 he obtained his PhD in Veterinary Sciences at Ghent University on the interaction between virulence factors of enterotoxigenic E. coli and gut epithelial cells as well as dendritic cells in a piglet model. During his postdoctoral research he focused on host-pathogen interactions in the pig gut and how the gained insights might be used to accelerate the development of oral vaccines to prevent enteric diseases. Building further on this, we are developing and evaluating a novel strategy to promote transport of biologicals and microparticles through the gut epithelium via antibody-mediated selective targeting to epithelial aminopeptidase N.

Di Febo Tiziana, Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale dell'Abruzzo e del Molise
Dwyer Rebecca, Stellenbosch University
E/Ebner Friederike, Institute of Immunology, Centre for Infection Medicine Department of Veterinnary Medicine, Freie Universität Berlin, Author
Edwards Jane, Pirbright Institute, Presenting author
Elguezabal Natalia , NEIKER-Basque Institute for Agricultural Research and Development
Eloiflin Roger-Junior, CIRAD (International Cooperation Centre for Agricultural Research for Development), Author
Emily Françoise, VIRBAC
Erbs Gitte, Statens Serum Institut, Infectious Disease Immunology, Center for Vaccine Research
Estephan Jérôme, INRAE Jouy en Josas-Versailles
Exel Kitty, Utrecht University
F/Fabà Lluís, Trouw Nutrition R&D, Boxmeer, The Netherlands, Author
Fabà Lluís

DVM, PhD, Researcher role 2019 – current day

Trouw Nutrition

Amersfoort, The Netherlands
Swine Research Center, R&D

Favoreel Herman, Ghent University
Ferret Cecile, INRAE
Finger Avner, Phibro Animal Health
Fingerhut Leonie, University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Germany, Presenting author
Fischer Uwe, Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut, Presenting author, Moderator
Fischer Uwe

Uwe Fischer graduated from the Moscow Veterinary Academy with a diploma thesis on ovine parasitology. His PhD thesis (Leipzig University) dealt with swine fever virus pathogenesis while his habilitation was on fish immune responses and fish health (Rostock University). At the Rostock University, he gives lectures on fish pathology and fish immunology. Uwe undertook two postdoctoral fellowships in Japan working on cell-mediated cytotoxicity in fish in Prof. Nakanishi’s lab at the National Research Institute of Aquaculture. At present, Uwe is the deputy head of the Institute of Infectology (IMED) at the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut (FLI), Federal Research Institute of Animal Health, Island Riems, which is an independent higher federal authority under the German Federal Ministry for Food and Agriculture.

At IMED, Uwe leads the working group on fish health and runs the laboratory of fish immunology.

The main research interest of Uwe’s group is cell-mediated immune responses to viral and bacterial pathogens in fish. This includes analysis of cell-mediated cytotoxicity, the development of tools for the detection of genes and molecules expressed during cell-mediated immune reactions, as well as the investigation of tools capable of triggering cell-mediated immune responses during infection and vaccination. At present, he focuses on antigen uptake through mucosal surfaces for the development of mucosal (oral and bath) vaccines.

Uwe’s lab also hosts the National Reference Laboratories for two notifiable fish (Infectious Salmon Anaemia, Epizootic Haematopoietic Necrosis)  and three notifiable crustacean (White Spot Disease, Yellow Head Disease, Taura Syndrome) diseases.

Fiskovich Olesia, veterinary dermatologist
Flores Villalva Susana, University College Dublin, Presenting author
Flores Villalva Susana

Susana Flores-Villalva, Veterinarian and Master of Science in Animal Health from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. Researcher at INIFAP-México with interest in study of host-pathogen interaction and discovery of biomarkers for resistance to mycobacteria infections in cattle.  Currently, is a PhD student at University College Dublin, Major in Infection Biology. Her thesis is focused in understanding the role of vitamin D in the modulation of the bovine immune response to Mycobacterium bovis. Her thesis is under the guidance of Prof. Kieran Meade and Prof. Stephen Gordon, researchers devoted to bovine immunology and One Health approach to accelerate vaccine and diagnostic development against tuberculosis in humans and animals. My long-term goal is to establish my research group in Mexico with especial focus on veterinary immunology.

Flynn Robin, University of Liverpool, Moderator
Flynn Robin

Dr Robin Flynn is a veterinary immunologist with an interest in bovine innate immunity and parasite-host interactions. He completed his PhD in Parasite Immunology, under the supervision of Prof Grace Mulcahy, at University College Dublin. After a postdoctoral fellowship at the MRC-LMB in Cambridge he started his own group at the University of Nottingham Veterinary School (2009 – 2016), from 2016 - 2020 Robin was a Senior Lecturer and Group Leader at the Institute of Infection and Global Health, University of Liverpool. His work has focused on bovine monocyte and macrophage activation and their downstream interaction with the adaptive response. Additionally, work has looked at how pathogens, parasites in particular, manipulate host cells to establish chronic infection and the implications of this for long-term animal health. During the course of his research he has helped to mentor and supervisor 10 postgraduates, numerous undergraduates, and scientists; received funding from the BBSRC and MRC; acted as a Panel A member for BBSRC since 2016, and taught undergraduate immunology to veterinary and biological sciences students.

From mid-2021 Robin will co-ordinate the Graduate Studies Office at the newly formed Technological University of South-East Ireland.

Fortes de Brito Rory, The Pirbright Institute
Fossum Caroline, Swedish University of Agricultural Science, Author
Francuski Andric Jelena, Serbia , Author
Franzoni Giulia, Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale della Sardegna, Presenting author
Franzoni Giulia

I am a veterinary immunologist currently working at the Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale of Sardinia, Italy.

After graduating in Veterinary Medicine at the University of Parma (Italy) in 2008, I obtained a PhD in 2013 at the University of Surrey, with a project focused on understanding the immune mechanisms underlying the rapid protection afforded by a live attenuated classical swine fever virus vaccine (C-strain).

Since 2014, my research at the Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale of Sardinia (Department of the Animal Health) focused mainly on African swine fever virus (ASFV) interaction with porcine myeloid cells, such as monocytes, macrophage subsets and dendritic cells.

Currenlty, my research studies are involved also in characterizing the impact of different stressors (recombinant porcine cytokines, TLR2 agonists, heavy metals, esosomes) on porcine macrophage phenotype and functionality. In addition, I recently worked with human immunologist in a translational study focused on analysing the toxicological and immunological impact of graphene-based materials (GBMs), using swine as a close to human model. 

Frias De Diego Alba, North Carolina State University, Author
G/Gajdov Vladimir, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Belgrade
Germain Ronald, Laboratory of Immune System Biology, NIAID, NIH, Presenting author, Keynote speaker
Germain Ronald

Ronald N. Germain received his M.D. and Ph.D. from Harvard University. Since then he has investigated basic immunobiology, first on the faculty of Harvard Medical School, then in the Laboratory of Immunology, NIAID, NIH, and most recently at NIAID, NIH as Chief of the Laboratory of Immune System Biology. He has made key contributions to understanding MHC class II molecule structure–function relationships, the cell biology of antigen processing, the molecular basis of T cell recognition, and the application of systems biology to understanding immune function. More recently, his laboratory has explored the immune system using dynamic and static in situ microscopic methods that his laboratory helped pioneer. He has published more than 400 scholarly research papers and reviews. Among numerous honors, he was elected Associate member of EMBO (2008), elected to the National Academy of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences USA (2013), received the Meritorious Career Award from the American Association of Immunologists (2015), chosen as NIAID Outstanding Mentor (2016), elected to the National Academy of Sciences (2016), designated an NIH Distinguished Investigator and named a Distinguished Fellow of the AAI. He has trained more than 70 postdoctoral fellows, many of whom hold senior academic and administrative positions at leading universities and medical schools.

Germon Pierre, INRAE, Presenting author
Gerner Wilhelm, The Pirbright Institute, Author
Göbel Thomas, LMU München, Presenting author, Moderator
Göbel Thomas

Prof. Dr. Thomas Göbel, Dean of Student Affairs, Professor for Veterinary Immunology, Veterinary Faculty, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München. Thomas Göbel´s research focuses on comparative analyses of adaptive immune responses employing the molecular and functional characterization of surface receptors on T cells and natural killer cells. His group has provided a detailed model of the chicken T cell receptor and its subunits. Göbel´s current studies center on the genomic diversity and functions of gamma,deltaT cells as well as immunoregulatory families in the chicken with special interest to identify novel ligands of these receptors and to establish novel immune evasion mechanisms.

Thomas Göbel has studied veterinary medicine in Munich. Following his doctoral thesis in Munich he took a postdoc position in Prof. Dr. Coopers lab at the University of Birmingham at Alabama. He then joined the Basel Institute of Immunology as member for four years before he returned to Munich as a professor of veterinary immunology at the veterinary department. Since 2003 he serves as dean of student affairs.

Graham Simon, The Pirbright Institute, Presenting author
Graham Simon

Simon studied immunology at the University of Edinburgh and went on to obtain a PhD from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, where he developed a cattle model for testing onchocerciasis vaccines. After post-doctoral positions working on Theilerioses vaccine development at the Centre for Tropical Veterinary Medicine, Edinburgh, and the International Livestock Research Institute, Kenya, Simon joined the Animal and Plant Health Agency, leading immunological and vaccine-related research on a number of viral diseases of livestock. Since 2014, Simon has been a Group Leader at The Pirbright Institute and held positions in the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Surrey. The overarching objective of Simon’s research group is to improve our understanding of the interactions between porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome viruses (PRRSV) and the immune system and to exploit this to develop next-generation vaccines. Simon also leads a consortium developing a Nipah virus vaccine for pigs and work utilising the pig as a model for evaluating COVID-19 vaccine candidates. 

Gumbo Rachiel, Stellenbosch University
Gutierrez-Exposito Daniel, University of León, Presenting author
H/Hamid Benjamin, Freie Universität Berlin, Presenting author
Hammer Sabine, University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, Presenting author, Moderator
Hammer Sabine

Sabine Hammer, MSc, PhD, is a senior scientist - molecular geneticist and works at the Institute of Immunology, Department of Pathobiology, University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, Vienna – Austria. Sabine Hammer studied Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics at the Vienna University and finished her doctoral thesis in 2001. Since 2006, she teaches and carries out research in the context of molecular immunology at the Institute of Immunology (University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, Vetmeduni Vienna). One of her main interest focuses on the application of PCR-based MHC typing techniques in various pig lines to deepen the understanding of the architecture and polymorphism of the SLA system and their role in disease, vaccine and transplant responses. As a member of the SLA Nomenclature Committee (being established in 2002 by the International Society for Animal Genetics – ISAG) she validates newly identified swine leukocyte antigen (SLA) sequences according to the guidelines established for maintaining high quality standards of the accepted sequences. She is a founding member of the European Canine Lymphoma Network that was jointly launched by research groups at the Vetmeduni Vienna and the University of Milan in June 2009 to harmonize analytical protocols and research strategies in canine hematopoietic tumours. In this context, her research projects contributed to the establishment of molecular tools for tumour diagnostics in companion animals at the Vetmeduni Vienna. In collaboration with the Clinical Pathology Unit, she supervises clonality testing in canine and feline lymphomas as diagnostic service, which is available also for external animal clinics since 2011.

Hammond John, The Pirbright Institute, Author
Härtle Sonja, Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich, Presenting author, Keynote speaker
Härtle Sonja

Sonja Härtle studied veterinary medicine in Munich. She worked for her doctoral thesis about “Characterization of chBAFF as an important regulator of B cell function in the chicken”in Bernd Kasper’s lab. Following her thesis, she spent a research fellowship at Mike Ratcliffe’s lab at the University of Toronto. Back in Munich she habilitated for Animal Physiology with the research project “Establishing functional genomic to study development and function of the avian immune system” and became an assistant professor at the Department of Veterinary Sciences at the LMU Munich.

Her main research focus is the development and differentiation of chicken B cells with a special interest of involved chemokines and cytokines. This work could demonstrate the importance of CXCL12 and BAFF for developing B cells in the bursa of Fabricius. In addition, the findings enabled the establishment of a culture system for chicken B cells, which can now be used to study interaction of B cells and B cell trophic viruses like Mareks disease virus (MDV).

Hayes Jack, The Pirbright Institute, Author
Hellman Stina, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, SLU, Presenting author
Hellman Stina

Stina Hellman is a PhD student at the Dept of Biomedical Sciences and Veterinary Public Health at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala. She has previously studied agronomy at SLU and holds a Master's degree in infection biology at Uppsala University. Stina will soon (October 2021) defend her thesis focusing on the equine gastro-intestinal helminth Strongylus vulgaris and interactions with its host, as well as the immunomodulatory properties of a novel saponin adjuvant called G3. All studies has been performed in vitro/ex vivo using equine PBMC and intestinal organoid cultures. Stina will at this meeting present her experiences from the set up and use of equine intestinal organoids to study host-pathogen interactions. This is Stinas second time attending EVIW, the first was in Utrecht and hopefully there is more to come!

Hjertner Bernt, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Presenting author
Hope Jayne, The Roslin Institute, Presenting author, Moderator
Hope Jayne

Professor Jayne Hope obtained a degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Birmingham, UK in 1991, and a PhD degree from the University of Manchester, UK in 1994. She then carried out postdoctoral research at Kings College, London, UK and subsequently at the Institute for Animal Health, Compton, UK.  

Professor Hope joined The Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh, UK in 2011 and was awarded her personal chair in immunology in 2017. Her research group studies cellular immune responses in cattle with a particular focus on understanding the role of innate cells in driving immunity to mycobacterial diseases including bovine tuberculosis and Johne’s disease. She also leads the Immunological Toolbox at The Roslin Institute.

Hug Corinne, IVI
I/Ivkovic Masa, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Belgrade
J/Jakobsen Jeanne Toft, Statens Serum Institut, Infectious Disease Immunology Center for Vaccine Research
Jansen Christine, Cell Biology& Immunology group, Department of Animal Sciences, Wageningen University & Research, The Netherlands, Presenting author
Jansen Christine

I am a veterinary immunologist. My research focuses on understanding the interaction between pathogens and the innate (early) immune system in veterinary species such as chickens and pigs. On one hand we investigate how pathogens influence the innate immune system and on the other hand how the innate immune system can be modulated to enhance immune mediated protection.

One of my favorite subjects is the natural killer (NK) cell, an important player of the innate immune system. In the past years my groups developed tools to study chicken NK cells we use these to study basic NK-cell biology chickens and the role NK cells during viral and bacterial infections. Furthermore we search for novel strategies to modulate NK cell function in vitro and in vivo.

Jaramillo Ortiz Jose Manuel, Universidad Nacional Arturo Jauretche
Jaramillo Ortiz Jose Manuel

I studied Biology at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. After completing my degree, I did my PhD at the National Research Council. My project focused on the development of viral-vectored vaccine against Babesia bovis intraerythrocytic protozoan parasite. Working then as a postdoc, we could evaluate in cattle the vaccine candidates obtained previously. The outcomes were the basis for new generation vaccine rationally design of this infectious disease, which causes important economic loses in the livestock industry.

Jeklova Edita, Veterinary Research Institute, Author
Jungersen Gregers, Statens Serum Institut, Moderator
Jungersen Gregers

DVM Gregers Jungersen is the current chair of EVIG with daily duties as Research Professor in Veterinary Vaccine Research at Statens Serum Institut in Copenhagen, Denmark. For more than 25 years I have been investigating immune responses to both virus and bacterial infections in mainly pigs and cattle. I am particularly focused on how desired immune correlates of protection can be obtained with optimal vaccine design and the untapped synergy between veterinary immunology and vaccine research, and human vaccinology.

K/Kaeser Tobias, NC State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, Presenting author
Kaeser Tobias

Dr. Kaeser is an Assistant Professor in Swine immunology at the North Carolina State University with additional expertise in molecular biology, microbiology, and vaccinology. He combines i) in vivo sensitization or vaccination and challenge trials with ii) antigen-specific in vitro restimulations and iii) multiple analysis technologies such as ELISA/ELISpot, qPCR, NanoString, fluorescent immunohistochemistry, and multi-color flow cytometry. While the immunological toolbox has previously been limited for swine, he thereby overcomes this limitation and provides the biologically highly relevant swine model a state-of-the-art analysis platform. This combination makes swine an excellent animal model for biomedical research. Hence, in addition to promoting swine health by driving vaccine research for the major pig pathogen PRRSV, he uses swine as a biomedical animal model to not only study the food allergy eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) but also the sexually transmitted disease Chlamydia trachomatis. His long-term goals for are to develop prevention strategies against both diseases.

Khalid Hamza, The Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh
Kjaerup Rikke, Aarhus University, Author
Kock Richard, Royal Veterinary College, Presenting author, Keynote speaker
Kock Richard

Richard Kock is a wildlife veterinary ecologist in the field of wildlife health focused on Africa and Asia. He works in One Health at the interface between animals, humans and environment and on the role of food systems in disease emergence and environmental change. 40 years as a professional, 28 years attached to the Zoological Society of London mostly resident in Nairobi, Kenya, seconded to Wildlife Service and African Union. 10 years as Prof Wildlife Health and Emerging Diseases at the Royal Veterinary College London. Awarded FAO Bronze Medal in 2010 in recognition of work on morbilliviruses and eradication of rinderpest virus and the Tom and Beth Williams Award - Wildlife Disease Association for exceptional contributions to understanding wildlife disease of policy relevance. His research portfolio involves over £1.5 million. More than 224 peer reviewed publications, book chapters. RG score 40.12 h index 44 i10 index 124 citations 9020. He established at RVC One Health MSc jointly with London School Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and he lectures on One Health and Wildlife disease. Associate Research Fellow Chatham House Co-chair IUCN Species Survival Commission Wildlife Health Specialist Group Strategic Futures Committee Wildlife Disease Association Adjunct Prof Tufts University Grafton USA; Njala University Bo Sierra Leone.

Kogut Michael, USDA-ARS, Presenting author, Keynote speaker
Kogut Michael

Dr. Kogut is a Research Microbiologist and Lead Scientist within the Food and Feed Safety research Unit at the Southern Plains Agricultural Research Center, College Station, TX, USA.  Dr. Kogut has published over 200 peer-reviewed scientific papers,11 book chapters, and has received 5 patents.  Dr. Kogut’s research is centered on gut health of poultry and alternatives to antibiotics to control disease and increase production.  Specifically, Dr. Kogut’s research has concentrated on the development of cost-effective immunological interventions to improve gut health by studying the role of the microbiota in immunity to infection; the role of dietary metabolites in promoting immune regulation and immune responses to pathogens; tissue specific regulatory responses to infection; characterizing novel molecular targets that mediate the actions of dietary compounds and botanicals in inflammation and immunity; investigating how diet modulates the gut microbiome and mucosal immune responses; and understanding the integration of central metabolic pathways and nutrient sensing with antimicrobial immunity and how it alters cellular energy homeostasis and contributes to the prevention or resolution of infectious diseases. 

Köhler Heike, Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut, Federal Research Institute of Animal Health, Presenting author
Kovačević Filipović Milica, University of Belgrade, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Author, Moderator
Kovačević Filipović Milica

Milica Kovačević Filipović, DVM, obtained her Ph.D. at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Belgrade (FVMUB), Serbia. She had 18 months of postdoctoral studies in research on stem cells in France (Institute for Natural Substances Chemistry, CNRS, Paris and National French Institute for Blood, Bordeaux). Since 2016 she has been holding a position of full professor at the Department of Pathophysiology at FVMUB where she is dedicated to the development of clinical pathology service.  The domain of investigation: a comparative view of hematopoietic and mesenchymal stem cells, and inflammatory reaction in vector-borne diseases.

Kralova Natalie, Veterinary Research Institute, Presenting author
Krasteva Ivanka Marinova, Istituto Zooprofilatico Sperimentale dell'Abruzzo e del Molise, Author
Krzysica Paulina, Wageningen University & Research, Presenting author
L/Lagumdzic Emil, Institute of Immunology, Presenting author, Keynote speaker
Lagumdzic Emil

Emil Lagumdzic is currently Immunology Research Scientist and a PhD Candidate working under guidance of Prof. Armin Saalmüller at the Institute of Immunology (University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna). His research focuses on phenotypic and functional differentiation of CD8+ cytolytic T-cells (CTLs). Specifically, he is interested in the differentiation stages from naive CTL to effector and memory CTL.

Before joining Institute of Immunology, he obtained the degree of Doctor in Veterinary Medicine with thesis on "RNA-based, Multiplexed Profiling of Immune Responses in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC)" at the Boehringer Ingelheim RCV (Department of Research Oncology: Genomics Research Lab / Biomarker and Translational Research) and the Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology (Division of Clinical Pharmacology). During his DVM he performed several research internships to gain skills in immunology, histology and laboratory animal science, in particular at the Institute of Biomedical Research (Medical University of Graz), the Institute of Anatomy, Histology and Embryology and the Institute of Laboratory Animal Science (University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna).

Although his focus has been immunology, he has acquired a diverse bioinformatics experience in the analysis of genomic and imaging data. In addition to performing research, he is committed to teaching and makes active contributions to the development of the relevant Immunology courses at the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna.

Lambrecht Benedicte, Sciensano
Larbi Anis, Beckman Coulter Life Sciences
Larbi Anis

Immunologist with strong expertise in human immunology, flow cytometry, clinical research (longitudinal, multi-center, cross-sectional, interventional studies) and biology of aging. Experience with immunology in animals (mice, pigs) and tissue analysis. Clarivate 2020 Highly Cited Researcher. Since 2020 part of the Beckman Coulter Life Sciences European team, FM Manager for Flow Cytometry Western Europe.

Le Roux Delphine, Ecole Nationale Vétérinaire d'Alfort, Presenting author
Le Roux Delphine

Dr Delphine Le Roux obtained her PhD in immunology in 2006, working on antigen presentation capacities of B cells, in Institut Curie, Paris, France (Ana-Maria Lennon-Duménil’s team, « immunity and cancer » unit). During her two post-doctoral fellowships at Institut Cochin, Paris, France, she worked respectively on cell biology of dendritic cells in human in vitro models (Florence Niedergang’s team, cell biology department) and on in vivo animal models of rheumatoid arthritis, testing nanoparticles for targeted therapies (Georges Bismuth’s team, immunolody department). In 2012, she joined the Veterinary School of Alfort (EnvA) as an assistant professor in immunology. Since then, she teaches immunology to veterinary students, leads veterinary thesis on many aspects of the animals immune system (from bats cytokines to canine MDSCs or platelets for instance). Her main research activity is now focused on Toxoplasma gondii, a foodborne parasite, in production and domestic animals, working mainly on host-pathogen interactions, and is based in UMR BIPAR (EnvA/Anses/INRAE), Maisons-Alfort, France.

López Torres Manuel Othoniel, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Author
López Torres Manuel Othoniel

Manuel Othoniel López Torres 

Manuel Othoniel López Torres is a DVM and master’s in science in microbiology, recently obtained PHD in Biomedical sciences under guidance of Dr. Rogelio Hernandez Pando at the Instituto Nacional de Ciencias Médicas y Nutrición Salvador Zubirán in Mexico.  His research topic is focused on the immunopathology of experimental tuberculosis. He has collaborated in the study of gene therapy based on adenoviruses that encode antimicrobial peptides for the treatment and in the study of new vaccine candidates in experimental pulmonary tuberculosis. He has recently worked on the study of macrophage immunometabolism and its role in the control of Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Manuel is a friendly person with great love and commitment to the work. 

Louloudes Lázaro Andrés, INIA-CISA, Presenting author
Lund Hege, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Presenting author, Keynote speaker
Lund Hege

Dr. Hege Lund received her DVM from Szent István University in Budapest and her PhD in immunology from the School of Veterinary Science, now Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at The Norwegian University of Life Sciences. Her PhD focused on innate immune responses in cattle, describing the activation and recirculation of bovine natural killer cells. She continued her postdoctoral training in the Immunology unit at the VET faculty, developing assays for measuring vaccine responses in Atlantic salmon, and is now appointed Associate Professor in the same group. Her research activities are centered on immune responses of farmed salmon, where she is involved in the development of tools for assessment of the immune competence of Atlantic salmon smolts and growers. She is currently leading a project aimed at establishing multiplex immunoassay technology for measuring biomarkers of inflammation and stress in salmon. Dr Lund is also interested in the interactions between host physiology and immune responsiveness in determining the outcome of stress and various infections affecting farmed salmon.

Lunney Joan, USDA ARS BARC APDL, Presenting author
Lützelschwab Claudia, Veterinary and Animal Science Center, Swedish Agricultural University, Author
M/Mair Kerstin, Institute of Immunology, University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, Presenting author
Mallaby Jessica, University of Surrey, Author
Marchitelli Cinzia, Consiglio per la Ricerca in Agricoltura e l'analisi dell'Economia Agraria , Presenting author
Marti Eliane, Vetsuisse Faculty-University of Bern, Author
Marzo Sara, University of Edinburgh
Mason Nicola, University of Pennsylvania, Presenting author, Keynote speaker
Mason Nicola

Nicola Mason is a Professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences and Advanced Medicine and holds the Paul A. James and Charles A. Gilmore Endowed Chair Professorship at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine. She received her veterinary degree from the Royal Veterinary College, London and her Immunology PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. She performed her post -doctoral fellowship at the Abramson Cancer Center at the School of Medicine at UPenn.

Dr. Mason’s translational research group focuses on developing safe and effective immunotherapies for dogs with cancer, autoimmunity and infectious disease. Through comparative medicine her work aims to accelerate the clinical implementation of effective immunotherapies into the human and canine clinics, improving the lives of both species. Dr. Mason leads the first canine cancer immunotherapy consortium, supported by the Biden Cancer Moonshot initiative and her research is funded through multiple federal grants. Her pioneering work with a live, recombinant Listeria vaccine in dogs with osteosarcoma earned her the One Health Award for Excellence in promoting One Health Initiatives. Her research interests include adoptive immunotherapy using CAR-T cells in B cell malignancies, glioblastoma and OSA and the development of antibodies for treatment of cancer, autoimmunity and infectious disease.




Mateu Enric, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Mathie Heather, Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh, Presenting author
Matiašovic Ján, Veterinary Research Institute, Author
Meade Kieran, University College Dublin, Author
Meade Kieran

Dr Kieran Meade

Associate Professor,

School of Agriculture and Food Science and Conway Investigator, University College Dublin.

Interested in bovine and comparative immunology [One Health]

Host defence peptides/innate immune cells and vitamin D

Transcriptomics/molecular immunology

Also interested in enhancing educational opportunities for our graduates 


Meeuwissen Martinus, Beckman Coulter Life Sciences
Meloni Dionigia, Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale della Sardegna (IZS)
Menge Christian, Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut, Institute of Molecular Pathogenesis, Presenting author
Meurens François, Oniris - Nantes Atlantic National College of Veterinary Medicine, Presenting author
Meurens François

Francois Meurens completed studies in Veterinary Medicine (2000) and a PhD in Veterinary Virology (2004) in Belgium. After a post-doc in VIDO-InterVac (Saskatoon, Canada), he established his own research in France (INRA Tours) and Canada (VIDO-InterVac). In 2015, he started a new chapter of his career as Immunology-Virology Full Professor in Nantes Atlantic National College of Veterinary Medicine where his team is dedicated to the study of host/pathogen interactions in the pig. He has published more than 95 scientific publications and is member of several editorial boards of scientific journals.

Milburn Jemma, Vetmeduni Vienna, Presenting author
Miller Michele, Stellenbosch University, Author, Keynote speaker
Miller Michele

Prof. Michele Miller, DVM, MS, MPH, PhD, Diplm. ECZM (ZHM)

Michele received her MS and PhD in Immunology, and DVM from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Masters’ in Public Health (MPH) at the University of Florida-Gainesville.  She is also a diplomate of the European College of Zoological Medicine.  She did her post-doctoral training at San Diego Zoo, then went onto work at several zoos in the U.S. (Los Angeles Zoo, Busch Gardens, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Palm Beach Zoo), including being a Veterinary Manager at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.  She moved to South Africa in 2013 and is currently the NRF South African Research Chair in Animal TB at Stellenbosch University, although she is based full-time in Kruger National Park.

Michele is actively involved in wildlife research, particularly focusing on TB, immobilization physiology and immunology.  She is past president of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians, current veterinary advisor for hippopotamus and rhinoceros for the Association of Zoos and Aquariums in the U.S., and the Chair of the Wildlife TB Study Group in South Africa.  She works with veterinarians at zoos and private facilities around the world.

Mitchell Jordan, University of Edinburgh
Mitra Taniya, Clinic for Poultry and Fish Medicine, University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, Presenting author
Mizrahi Saar, Abic Biologic Laboratories Ltd.
Moraes Alexsander, University of São Paulo, Presenting author
Moraes Alexsander

Current position: PhD student in Basic and Applied Immunology at Ribeirão Preto Medical School, University of São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto, Brazil.
Supervisor: Dr. Beatriz Rossetti Ferreira.

Main research field: development of an epitope-based vaccine against Rhipicephalus microplus infestations in bovines.

Ongoing research activities:
a) development of recombinant subunit vaccines against R. microplus based on salivary antigens;
b) phage display and microarray-based epitope mapping of tick antigens.

Research interests:

We are planning to produce our multi-epitope antigen on a vaccine platform based on virus-like particles.

Immunology, Molecular biology, Protein-based vaccines, Ticks, Epitope mapping, Omics, and Bioinformatics.

Mori Marcella, Sciensano
Munir Danish, The Pirbright Institute, Presenting author
Mwangi William, The Pirbright Institute, Author, Moderator
Mwangi William

Dr. William Mwangi is the scientific lead of the UK Immunological Toolbox project at The Pirbright Institute. He holds a Ph.D. in Immunology from the University of Birmingham and has postdoctoral research experience in molecular immunology, investigating the diversity of both the T and B cell receptors in health and disease. His previous work at The Pirbright Institute includes using Marek’s disease virus (MDV) model to identify the clonal nature of the herpesvirus induced T cell lymphomas and applying next-generation sequencing to study the virus reactivation in tumour cell lines. He has also studied the host-genetic control of influenza virus infection, and immunoprecipitation of MHC-I bound peptides from the cell surface.

He is currently leading the Immunological Toolbox team in sequencing antibody genes from hybridomas, single B cells, and making novel research reagents through recombinant antibody engineering. He has a particular interest in developing bespoke protocols and workflows for high-throughput applications in recombinant antibody technology.

Also, as part of his current role, Dr. Mwangi has been involved in the development of the UK Immunological Toolbox Website. The website is now the most informative repository of veterinary research antibodies available, detailing over 2,000 well-characterised monoclonal and some polyclonal antibodies.

N/Nash Tessa, Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh, Presenting author
Neila Ibáñez Carlos María, IRTA-CReSA, Presenting author
Ngantcha Tatchou Elie, Sciensano, Presenting author
Nikolic Milica, University of Belgrade, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Serbia
Novak Andreja , Utrecht University, Author
Nzau Benjamin, Pirbright Institute / Roslin
O/Oggiano Annalisa, Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale della Sardegna, Author
Oliveira Barbara Maria, Instituto de Ciências Biomédicas Abel Salazar da Universidade do Porto (ICBAS|UP), Presenting author
Oliveira Barbara Maria

Barbara Oliveira, Veterinarian graduated from the Federal University of Bahia (UFBA), Brazil (2014). Master of Science with an emphasis on Biotechnology in Health and Investigative Medicine by the Research Center Gonçalo Moniz (CPqGM), Foundation Oswaldo Cruz (FIOCRUZ), Brazil (2016). Obtained the recognition / equivalence / Master's degree in Veterinary Medicine by the Portuguese Institution, the Instituto de Ciências Biomédicas Abel Salazar da Universidade do Porto (ICBAS-UP). Currently, is a PhD student in the Doctoral Program in Veterinary Sciences at the ICBAS | UP, funded by FCT, Portugal. Her thesis is focused in exploring the role of bovine adipose tissue in the host immune response to infection. She is part of the immunology of infection (IOI) group of Unit for Multidisciplinary Research in Biomedicine (UMIB) under the guidance of Prof. Luzia Teixeira, a scientist with a solid experience in the field of adipose tissue, infection & immunity.

Oser Larissa, Institute of Immunology - Freie Universität Berlin
P/Palic Dusan, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Chair for Fish Diseases and Fisheries Biology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Author, Moderator
Palic Dusan

Prof. Dr Dušan Palić, D.V.M., MVSc, Ph.D., Dipl. ECAAH, CertAqV, Professor and Chair of Fish Diseases and Fisheries Biology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich.

Professor Palić comes from a long line of veterinarians and educators, being the third generation Professor of Veterinary Medicine. He received D.V.M. and MVSc degrees from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Belgrade, Serbia, and Ph.D. from Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He is a founding member, certified aquatic veterinarian (CertAqV), and Past President of the World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association. Prof. Palić is also a founding diplomate of the European College of Aquatic Animal Health (ECAAH). He is the Director of the International Aquatic Veterinary Biosecurity Consortium and senior aquatic animal health expert for Food and Agriculture Organization of United Nations. He represents academia and organized aquatic veterinary profession in the FishMedPlus Coalition that was established by Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE) upon request from European Medicine Agency (EMA), with the goal to improve access and availability of veterinary medical products, including vaccines, to the E.U. aquaculture industry. On the global education front, Prof. Palić is a member of the project team that is developing a model curriculum for day-1 competency in aquatic veterinary medicine. His daily work as Chair for Fish Diseases at LMU Munich includes research in innate immunity of aquatic animals, teaching aquatic veterinary medicine, as well as diagnostic and extension services.

Pascale Florentina, INRAE, Laboratoire de Virologie et Immunologie Moléculaires, Author
Patel Roosheel, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Author
Patel Roosheel

Roosheel Patel is currently a PhD student in the labs of Brad Rosenberg and Dusan Bogunovic at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.  Before starting this PhD, in 2017, Roosheel completed a Master’s in Biomedical Sciences in the Rosenberg Lab, where he developed single cell RNA-sequencing analysis strategies to characterize horse peripheral blood mononuclear cells. In addition to generating an equine peripheral blood immune cell atlas, Roosheel’s work extended to other questions in equine biology including characterizing the equine immune response to viral infection, and characterizing the heterogeneity in equine mesenchymal stromal cells. In 2019, Roosheel matriculated into the PhD program at Mount Sinai, where inspired by patients with inborn errors of immunity, he aims to leverage high throughput genomics technologies to study antiviral gene networks.

Patzl Martina, Vetmeduni Vienna, Dept. of Pathobiology, Inst. of Immunology, Author
Pereira Ismael, Programa de Doctorado en Ciencias Silvoagropecuarias y Veterinarias, Campus Sur Universidad de Chile. Santa Rosa 11315, La Pintana, Santiago, Chile. CP: 8820808., Presenting author
Pernold Clara, VetMed Uni Vienna, Presenting author
Pulskens Wilco, MSD Animal Health
R/Radulovic Emilia , Institut of Virology and immunology, Bern Switzerland, Presenting author
Ramirez Kristel, The Pirbright Institute, Presenting author
Ratvaj Marek, University of Veterinary Medicine and Pharmacy, Košice, Presenting author
Razzuoli Elisabetta, CEROVEC-IZSPLV, Presenting author
Razzuoli Elisabetta

Elisabetta Razzuoli is Head of laboratory at the National Reference Center of Veterinary and Comparative Oncology (CEROVEC). She did her postdoctoral research at the Laboratory of cellular immunology IZSLER. She has published more than 48 research articles in reputed journals and 4 book chapters in immunology field.

Redant Valerie, PhD student
Reid Cian, Trinity College Dublin, Author
Reid Cian

Cian Reid, PhD student since 2019 in the School of Biochemistry and Immunology in Trinity College Dublin and part of the Walsh Scholarship programme in Teagasc Agriculture and Food Development Authority. Completed a Bachelors of Science in Genetics and Cell Biology 2014-2018 in Dublin City University.

Current research involves using high-throughput and standardized immunoassays to assess the natural variation in bovine innate immune responses and it's contribution to divergent vaccine responses and disease susceptibility, with particular interest in bovine respiratory diseases. Other work involves invertigating the role of Vitamin D pathway in inflammation. 

Riffault Sabine, INRAE, Presenting author, Keynote speaker
Riffault Sabine

Dr Sabine Riffault originally trained in agronomy (diploma in 1993) has obtained her PhD in immunology in 1997. She has been appointed researcher in the department of Animal Health at INRAE in 1997 and has been working since as an immunologist specialized on farm animal viral diseases. After a sabbatical at Imperial College (London, UK) in the group of Prof. Peter Openshaw, she started studying the immune responses against the respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) affecting young calves (bovine RSV) or infants (human RSV) and causing acute respiratory diseases. Her research interests are now focused on the immune system of the newborn animal to enhance vaccine efficacy or boost innate immune defenses in this particular period of life. She holds 46 publications in peer-reviewed journals, and 5 patents.

Sabine Riffault is also the head of the department "Molecular Virology and Immunology" at INRAE since 2015. This research department of about 95 people comprises 6 research teams working on respiratory zoonotic/emerging/endemic animal viruses, fish viruses and bacteria and prion diseases (

Riva Federica, Dipartimento di Medicina Veterinaria, Università degli Studi di Milano, Presenting author
Rodrigues Valerie, cirad
Rodríguez Gómez Irene M., University of Córdoba
Rodríguez-Martín Daniel, INIA-CSIC, Presenting author
Rojas José Manuel, Centro de Investigación en Sanidad Animal (CISA-INIA-CSIC), Presenting author
Roos Eduard, The Pirbright Institute, Presenting author
Roos Eduard

Eduard Roos obtained his undergraduate BSc Zoology and BSc Zoology (Hons) form the University of Pretoria (2013) and the University of the Free-State (2014), respectively. He then obtained a PhD in Molecular Biology from Stellenbosch University (2018). His PhD focused on developing diagnostic assays to detect Mycobacterium bovis in warthogs. In 2019 he joined the Immunogenetics research group as a Postdoctoral Scientist at The Pirbright Institute. His Postdoctoral research focuses on the development and application optimised multiplex immunofluorescent panels in cattle.

Rosenberg Brad, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Presenting author, Keynote speaker
Rosenberg Brad

Dr. Brad Rosenberg is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Microbiology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Yale University, where his research focused on immune cell chemotaxis. He undertook his graduate training in the Tri-Institutional MD/PhD program jointly administered by Weill-Cornell Medical College, The Rockefeller University, and Memorial Sloan Kettering Institute. During his PhD work, he developed comparative transcriptomics techniques to study RNA editing. After completing his MD training, he received the NIH Director’s Early Independence Award and established his laboratory as a John C. Whitehead Presidential Fellow at The Rockefeller University. In 2017, Brad joined the faculty of the Department of Microbiology at Mount Sinai. Using an integrative approach that combines experimental immunology and virology, single cell transcriptomics, and computational methodologies, his research group investigates host responses to viral infections in diverse systems and species.

S/Saalmüller Armin, Institute of Immunology, University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, Moderator
Saalmüller Armin

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Armin Saalmüller

Institute of Immunology, Department of Pathobiology, University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, Vienna, Austria

Education and University degrees

1978: Studies of Biology, Stuttgart, Konstanz, Tübingen, Germany

1985: Diploma, Faculty of Biology, Eberhard-Karls-University, Tübingen, Germany

1988: PhD (Dr. rer. nat.), Eberhard-Karls-University, Tübingen, Germany

1999: Venia legendi (Habilitation), Eberhard-Karls-University, Tübingen, Germany

Scientific work and Profession

1984: Federal Research Centre for Virus Diseases of Animals (now Friedrich-Loeffler-Institute for Animal Health), Tübingen

2004: Head of Institute of Immunology, University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, Vienna, Austria (ongoing)

2010: Head of Department of Pathobiology, University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, Vienna, Austria (ongoing)

Contribution to Science

Basics in veterinary immunology

Porcine T- and NK-cell immunology

CD nomenclature in veterinary immunology

Publications/ Citations

204 publications, 6049 citations, h-index 46 (08/06/2021)

Sabljic Ljiljana, INEP
Schmidt Selma, The Pirbright Institute, Presenting author
Schmucker Sonja, University of Hohenheim
Schusser Benjamin, Technical University Munich
Schwartz Isabelle, INRAE, Author, Moderator
Schwartz Isabelle

Isabelle Schwartz-Cornil (DVM, PhD), a Chair-elect of EVIG, works at the French National Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment (INRAE) in France. She is the head of the “Vaccine, Viruses and Immunopathology” team in the Molecular Virology and Immunology department at INRA in Jouy-en-Josas, near Paris. Over the last 20 years, she has developed an expertise in the molecular and functional characterization of macrophages and dendritic cell subsets in sheep and pigs, at homeostasis and during viral infections and she has worked on vaccine strategies targeting dendritic cells. Currently she is developing immunoregulatory strategies targeting macrophages and dendritic cells to improve lung transplant survival in the pig as a biomedical model.


Shi Yao, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University, Author
Sittinger Josephine, Freie Universitaet Berlin - Institute of Immunology, Presenting author
Sives Samantha , The Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh, Presenting author
Solano Gallego Laia, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Moderator
Solano Gallego Laia

Laia Solano-Gallego received her DVM degree and PhD from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) in 1996 and 2001, respectively. Her PhD concerned the epidemiology, immunology and diagnosis of canine leishmaniosis. She did a post-doctoral clinical research in vector-borne diseases of dogs and cats at the School of Veterinary Medicine of the North Carolina State University (USA) during 2002-2003. She did a small animal rotating internship at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital of the Purdue University (USA) during 2003-2004. She worked at the private hospital and laboratory of San Marco (Padova, Italy) during 2004-2007 where she performed clinicodiagnostic activity and clinical research in clinical pathology and internal medicine with predominant interest in vector-borne diseases of dogs and cats. She worked as a lecturer in Veterinary Clinical Pathology at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) of the University of London during 2007-2011. Currently, she works as full professor at the School of Veterinary Medicine of the UAB. She is Diplomate of European College of Veterinary Clinical Pathology (ECVCP) since 2006. Laia Solano-Gallego leads a group that investigates the adaptive and innate immunity such as toll-like receptors in canine leishmaniosis but also works on clinical, diagnostic and therapeutical aspects. The research group also works in feline leishmaniosis as well as other vector-borne pathogens such as Bartonella.


Soutter Francesca, Royal Veterinary College, Presenting author
Spariosu Kristina, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Belgrade, Presenting author
Spariosu Kristina

Kristina Spariosu is a PhD Candidate at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Belgrade. After obtaining her DVM degree, she completed one-year internship at a Small Animal Practice ,,Mondo Animale" and Veterinary Specialist Institute ,,Pančevo", both located in her hometown Pančevo. Since 2017, she works as as researcher at the Department of Pathophysiology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Belgrade. During previous years, she perfected her laboratory experience regarding cell culture techniques, as well as various types of electrophoresis, Western blotting and ELISA tests. Kristina is currently writing her thesis that is focused upon functional activity of white blood cells of dogs that are infected with Babesia canis. In her free time, she enjoys long walks with her dogs Lajra, Feba and Žuća. 

Srzentic Drazilov Sanja, Institute of Molecular Genetics and Genetic Engineering, Presenting author
Srzentic Drazilov Sanja

Sanja Srzentic Drazilov is Research Assistant Professor at Institute of Molecular Genetics and Genetic Engineering, University of Belgrade, Serbia. She obtained PhD in Molecular Biology in 2015 from the Faculty of Biology, University of Belgrade (Thesis: Molecular markers of impaired coagulation, inflammation, apoptosis, formation and bone remodeling processes in Legg-Calve-Perthes’ disease). The area of her scientific interest is the study of therapeutic potential of adipose derived mesenchymal stem cells for locomotor system diseases therapy in veterinary and human medicine. Also, she studies the molecular basis and genetics of various rare diseases, including Leg-Calve-Perthes disease and chronic inflammatory bowel diseases.

Stas Melissa, University Clinic for Swine, University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, Austria, Presenting author
Stastna Evelina, Statens Serum Institut
Stastna Evelina

I am a PhD student under PAVE Marie Curie ITN at the Department of Infectious Disease Immunology at the Center for Vaccine Research at Statens Serum Insitut. I am part of Professor Gregers Jungersen's group devoted to Veterinary vaccine research. My project inovolves characterization of vaccine and tumour specific immune responses in healthy slaughter pigs and pancreatic tumour-bearing Oncopigs. The main focus focus of my project is on cytotoxic and regulatory T cells, and we are particularly interested in Th17 cells.


I conducted my master's thesis at Insitut Pasteur in Paris, where I worked on characterization of memory T cells in HLA-transgenic mice after vaccination against Dengue and/or Zika virus infections. I received my Master's diploma from Aalborg University, Denmark in 2020.


I am very passionate about T cell Immunology and exploring phenotypes and functions of different subsets present before/after immunization. My ultimate, long-term goal, is to work on pancreatic duct adenocarcinoma prophylaxis and treatment, in where pigs are a suitable supplementary large animal model.

Steedman Elliot, University of Surrey, Presenting author
Steinbach Falko, Univ of Surrey / APHA, Presenting author, Moderator
Steinbach Falko

Prof Falko Steinbach  (DVM, PhD, MRCVS) studied Veterinary Medicine at the Free University in Berlin taking his Staatsexamen in 1990. He then continued his post-graduate training by qualifying with a German DVM/PhD and a Habilitation for Immunology and Virology. In 2001 he became Head of Immunology at the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research. Since 2005 he is Head of the Mammalian Virology Group at the now APHA in Weybridge, UK and since 2014 he is also Professor of Veterinary Immunology at the School of Vet Medicine at the University of Surrey in Guildford, UK (

From 2000 (until 2012) he was the founding Chair of the European Veterinary Immunology Group (EVIG). He has published over 100 peer-reviewed publications and is a member of Journal Editorial Boards, such as TBED, IJVSM, Frontiers Immunol. and Vaccines. His research interests are host-pathogen interaction, new & emerging diseases & equine viruses. His main focus are Dendritic cells (DCs) that are the sentinels of the immune system, modeling adaptive immune responses to foreign antigens. Further to studying how DC interacts with viruses such as CSFV, PRRSV or EAV, his team has devoted a part of its approach to understanding how DC can be harnessed to modulate the immune response.

Steinbach Sabine, Animal and Plant Health Agency
Š/Štěpánová Hana, Veterinary Research Institute, Author
S/Steyn Angela, The Pirbright Institute, Author
Summerfield Artur, Institute of Virology and Immunology, Author, Moderator
Summerfield Artur

Artur Summerfield is a veterinary immunologist with particular interest on the immune response to infectious disease and vaccines in pigs and ruminants. His research focused on antigen presenting cells, as well as understanding and developing novel immunotherapeutics and vaccines. He studied veterinary medicine in Berlin and obtained his PhD 1994 in Tübingen at the Federal Research Center for Viral Diseases (now Friedrich-Löffler-Institute) Germany. He then moved to the Institute of Virology and Immunology in Mittelhäusern, Switzerland first as postdoctoral scientist. In 2006, he became head of the Laboratory of Immunology and in 2010 of the Research Department at this Institute. In 2013, he was nominated Professor of Veterinary Immunology at the Veterinary Faculty of the University of Bern.

Sutton Kate, The Roslin Institute, Author
Swoboda Sarah, Trinity College Dublin, Author
T/Talker Stephanie, Institute of Virology and Immunology, Bern and Mittelhäusern, Switzerland, Presenting author, Keynote speaker
Tchilian Elma, Pirbright Institute, Presenting author, Keynote speaker
Tchilian Elma

Elma obtained her PhD at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund, London, before working as a postdoctoral fellow in Birmingham, Senior Research Scientist at the Edward Jenner Institute and Principal Investigator in Oxford. Elma identified the leucocyte common antigen (CD45) as a cause of severe combined immunodeficiency in man. She demonstrated the importance of local immunity in vaccine-induced protection against tuberculosis and influenza. 

Elma joined the Pirbright Institute in 2014 and is now Head of Mucosal Immunology. She has established a powerful pig influenza model to study immune responses to and transmission of influenza viruses and to test efficacy of vaccines and monoclonal antibodies (mAbs). Elma’s group identified porcine tissue resident memory cells and generated the first pig influenza mAbs, showing that they recognise the same epitopes as humans. These data demonstrated the utility of the pig as a biomedical model for human disease.

Teixeira Luzia, Instituto de Ciências Biomédicas Abel Salazar da Universidade do Porto (ICBAS-UP), Author
Teixeira Luzia

Luzia Teixeira, graduated in Biochemistry in 2002, finished a PhD in the field of Biomedical Sciences/Immunology in 2008 at the University of Porto, with a work focused on the characterization of mechanisms involved in host resistance and susceptibility to Neospora caninum infection. In 2009 started to work as a Research Assistant at ICBAS/UMIB-UP focusing on the host immune response to rabbit haemorrhagic disease virus (RHDV) infection. Since 2012, is Principal Investigator of a line of research focusing in understanding the immune response occurring in the adipose tissue in infected animals and its contribution for host resistance/susceptibility to disease. In this thematic, she has already obtained two funded projects and an FCT Investigator grant. She is in the Research career at ICBAS/UP but also collaborates in Immunology teaching in the master’s degree in Medicine and Veterinary Medicine. Passionate about Immunology and flow cytometry she is eager for new work collaborations.

Terényi Nóra, Ceva-Phylaxia Co. Ltd.
Tomaiuolo Sara, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ghent; Sciensano, Belgium, Presenting author
Toman Miroslav, Veterinary Research Institute, Presenting author
Tucker Nisha, Université de Tours
U/Urien Céline, INRAe
V/Van der Heijden Elise, Utrecht University
Van der Heijden Elise

I originally trained as a veterinarian at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. I subsequntly undertook a PhD in immunology at Utrecht University and the University of Pretoria, with Prof Victor Rutten and Prof Anita Michel. My PhD focused on immunodiagnostics and vaccination for bovine tuberculosis in African buffaloes and cattle, respectively, which I completed in 2019.

I subsequently joined the group of Dr Tim Connelley at the Roslin Institute, as a postdoctoral research associate. Here I worked on an experimental study elucidating the characteristics of protective versus non-protective T-cell responses to vaccination against Theileria parva in cattle.

I am currently back in Utrecht as an independent post-doc with prof Femke Broere, working on RNAseq and bioinformatics studies evaluating host-pathogen interactions and vaccine outcomes in T. parva and Mycobacterium bovis in cattle. I am broadly interested in veterinary immunology. My interests include immunodiagnostics, cell-mediated immunology, T-cell biology, host-pathogen interaction, RNAseq and bioinformatics.

Van der Weken Hans, Ghent University
Verónica Martín García, CISA-INIA-CSIC, Presenting author
Vervelde Lonneke, Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh, Presenting author, Moderator
Vervelde Lonneke

Lonneke Vervelde is Professor of Veterinary Immunology and Infectious Disease at the University of Edinburgh, The Roslin Institute.

After obtaining her PhD in The Netherlands she continued her research on immune responses to avian pathogens at the Institute for Animal Health in Compton U.K. She then moved to the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Utrecht, The Netherlands where she works for 5 year on ovine and bovine immune responses to intestinal parasites and the development of a vaccine based on secreted helminth proteins. In 2002 she started her own research group on Avian Immunology. Her main scientific interests are focused how the innate responses to pathogens and vaccines in chicken drive adaptive responses. Ultimately, this knowledge will improve the immune responses leading to clearance of pathogens, strong memory responses and novel vaccine approaches through antigen targeting and development of novel adjuvants. In 2013 she took up a new academic post at the Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh, where she obtained a chair in Veterinary Immunology and Infectious Diseases in 2018. More recently, she expanded to the field of in vitro and ex vivo mucosal organ cultures, and made substantial progress in growing 3D and 2D intestinal organoids and precision cut lung slices. These systems are multifunctional and can be used to investigate mucosal immunity but also the mode of action of feed additives, drug and toxicology screening, host-pathogen interaction, and as diagnostic tools. 

Villanueva-Hernández Sonia, University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, Presenting author
Vreman Sandra, Wageningen Bioveterinary Research, Presenting author
W/Waddell Lindsey, Roslin Institute
Wattrang Eva, National Veterinary Institute, Presenting author, Moderator
Wattrang Eva

Associate professor Eva Wattrang is a researcher at the National Veterinary Institute, Uppsala, Sweden. She is a veterinarian with a PhD in immunology (1996). Her research has been mainly in infection biology with special focus on innate immune activation and regulation of ensuing specific T-cell responses. She has worked with several mammalian species, e.g. pigs, horses and cattle, but is now mainly working with chickens.

Werling Dirk, Centre for Vaccinology and Regenerative Medicine, Royal Veterinary College, Hawkshead Lane, Hatfield, Presenting author, Keynote speaker, Moderator
Werling Dirk

Dirk Werling studied Veterinary Medicine at the Veterinary University Hannover. Since 2003, he works at the Royal Veterinary College, University of London, where he is currently Professor of Molecular Immunology and Director of the Centre for Vaccinology and Regenerative Medicine.

Williams Andrew, University of Copenhagen, Presenting author, Keynote speaker
Williams Andrew

Andrew Williams obtained his BSc and PhD at the University of Western Australia in 2010, followed by postdoctoral positions at Oxford University and the University of Copenhagen. He was appointed Assistant Professor in the Department of Veterinary Disease Biology, University of Copenhagen, in 2015, and Associate Professor in 2017. His current work focuses on gastrointestinal parasite infection.  Particular areas of interest are host immunity and inflammation, and interactions between infection and host diet/microbiome and metabolic function. 

Wolfrum Nina, University of Zurich - Vetsuisse
Wu Zhiguang, The Roslin Institute and University of Edinburgh, Author
Z/Zeinali Lathori Safieh, University of Edinburgh, Presenting author