7th EVIW Program - will be updated
Opening Session
Moderators: Isabelle Schwartz & Gregers Jungersen
Florent Ginhoux, Singapore immunology network, A*STAR, Singapore: “Dendritic cells and macrophages across species, from bats to human”
Marc Dalod, Marseille-Luminy Immunology Center, France: “Deciphering the cell type and spatiotemporal pattern of type I and III interferons responses during viral infections, to understand how they tilt the balance towards health or disease”
Plenary sessions
Moderators: Isabelle Schwartz & Artur Summerfield
Nicole Baumgarth, College of Biological Sciences, UC Davis, USA: “Basic concepts in the regulation of B cell responses”
Moderators: Dirk Werling & Bill Golde
Moderators: Wilhelm Gerner & Friederike Ebner
Ahmed Hegazy, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany: “Host microbe interactions in the intestine - cytokines and T cell responses”
Moderators: Femke Broere & Sabine Hammer
Cynthia Baldwin, Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, University of Massachusetts, USA: “Gamma delta T cells span the innate and adaptive immune systems: focus on ruminants and pigs”
Stephanie Talker, Institute of Virology and Immunology and Department of Infectious Diseases and Pathobiology, Vetsuisse Faculty, University of Bern, Switzerland: “The Who-is-Who of bovine dendritic cells: from subset identification to single-cell transcriptomics”
Moderators: Jayne Hope & William Mwangi
Michele Miller

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.

Michele Miller, Stellenbosch University, South Africa: “Developing Immunological Tools for Wildlife – We don’t have to recreate the wheel!”
Hege Lund, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway: “Identification of inflammatory biomarkers in Atlantic salmon by a plasma proteomic approach. Can blood biomarkers be used to predict cardiomyopathy syndrome (CMS)-related mortality risk in farmed fish?”
Parallel sessions
Moderators: Eric Cox & Gregers Jungersen
Bert Devriendt

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.

Bert Devriendt, University of Ghent, Belgium: “Exploiting host-pathogen interactions to elicit gut immunity”
Elma Tchilian

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.

Elma Tchilian, The Pirbright Institute, United Kingdom: “Respiratory immunization and mucosal immunity against influenza in pigs”
Moderators: Isabelle Schwartz & Milica Kovačević Filipović
Nicola Mason, University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, USA: “Developing CAR-T cell therapies for dogs with B cell malignancies”
Sabine Riffault

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 (

Sabine Riffault, Virologie et Immunologie Moléculaires, INREA, France: “Efficacy of PreF subunit BRSV vaccine in calves: a translational model for infant vaccination?”
Moderators: Robin Flynn & Laia Solano-Gallego
Andrew Williams

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. 

Andrew Williams, University of Copenhagen, Denmark: “Unraveling the role of diet and the microbiome on resistance to gastrointestinal helminth infection”
Francesca Soutter, University of London, Royal Veterinary College, United Kingdom: “Protozoan vaccine development: A yeast-based vaccine against Eimeria tenella in chickens”
Moderators: Uwe Fischer & Dušan Palić
Pierre Boudinot

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.

Pierre Boudinot, French National Institute for Agriculture, Food, and Environment (INRAE), France: “Antiviral public antibody responses in fish ”
Moderators: Tina Dalgaard & Lonneke Vervelde
Mike Kogut

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. 

Mike Kogut, USDA, USA: “Influence of the intestinal immunity-microbiota interactome on regulating poultry health: Homeostasis vs Chronic Inflammation”
Sonja Härtle, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany: “New insights into chicken B cell development”
Moderators: Eva Wattrang & Falko Steinbach
Brad Rosenberg, Department of Microbiology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, USA: “High resolution characterization of equine immune cells by single cell RNA-Seq”
Moderators: Andjelo Beletić & Lindert Benedictus
Dirk Werling, University of London, Royal Veterinary College, United Kingdom: “The roadway to a successful research grant application-the "pocket guide" for a young veterinarian”
Elisa Crisci

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.


Elisa Crisci, Department of Population Health and Pathobiology, NC State University, College of Veterinary Medicine: “Veterinary Immunology Career in Academia ”
Miladin Kostović, Ellie Laboratories, USA: “Veterinary Immunology Career in Industry ”
Emil Lagumdžić, Institute of Immunology, Department of Pathobiology, University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, Austria: “Bridging Industry and Academia: Transferring industrial experience to academic and vice versa”
Moderators: Armin Saalmüller & Thomas Goebel
Scientific committee of the 7th EVIW
Gregers Jungersen, Center for Vaccine Research, Statens Serum Institut, Copenhagen, Denmark
Isabelle Schwartz, French National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and the Environment, France
Milica Kovačević Filipović, University of Belgrade, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Serbia
Wilhelm Gerner, The Pirbright Institute, United Kingdom
Dirk Werling, University of London, Royal Veterinary College, United Kingdom
Bill Golde, Moredun Research Institute, United Kingdom
Artur Summerfield, University of Bern, Institute of Virology and Immunology, Switzerland
Friederike Ebner, Freie Universität Berlin, Department of Veterinary Medicine, Germany
Jayne Hope, The Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
William Mwangi, The Pirbright Institute, United Kingdom
Femke Broere, Utrecht University, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, The Netherlands
Sabine Hammer, University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, Department of Pathobiology Institute of Immunology, Austria
Eric Cox, University of Gent, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Belgium
Robin Flynn, University of Liverpool, Institute of Infection, Veterinary and Ecological Sciences, United Kingdom
Laia Solano-Gallego, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Department of Animal Medicine and Surgery, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Spain
Andjelo Beletić, Center for Medical Biochemistry, Clinical Center of Serbia, Belgrade, Serbia
Lindert Benedictus, Utrecht University, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, The Netherlands
Uwe Fischer, Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut, Federal Research Institute for Animal Health, Greifswald-Insel Riems, Germany
Dušan Palić, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Germany
Tina Dalgaard, Aarhus University, Department of Animal Science, Tjele, Denmark
Lonneke Vervelde, University of Edinburgh, The Roslin Institute, United Kingdom
Eva Wattrang, National Veterinary Institute, Sweden
Falko Steinbach, University of Surrey, School of Veterinary Medicine, United Kingdom
Thomas Goebel, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Germany
Armin Saalmüller, University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, Department of Pathobiology, Institute of Immunology, Austria
Jelena Ajtić, University of Belgrade, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Serbia
Local Organizing Committee (Veterinary Education Team, Serbia – Veterinarski edukacioni tim, Srbija)
Milica Kovačević Filipović
Andjelo Beletić
Jelena Ajtić