Funded laboratory exchange awards

Projects funded in round one

1 Genomic analysis of antigenic diversity in Brazilian Trypanosoma vivax strains

Dr André Guilherme Costa-Martins (University of São Paulo, Brazil) and Dr Andrew Jackson (University of Liverpool, United Kingdom)

2 Isolation and molecular characterisation of mycobacterium strains responsible for endemic bovine tuberculosis in Medea, Algeria

Dr Mammar Khames (University of Medea, Algeria) and Dr Sharon Kendall (Royal Veterinary College, United Kingdom)

3 Understanding the role of humoral immunity in vaccine development for Streptococcus agalactiae infection in tilapia  

Dr Mugimba Kahoza Kizito (Makerere University, Uganda) and Dr Kim Thompson (Moredun Research Institute, United Kingdom)

4 Advancing the analysis of bovine class II MHC restricted T cell responses to vaccination          

Dr Isaac Kombe Silwamba (University of Zambia, Zambia) and Dr Bill Golde (Moredun Research Institute, United Kingdom

5 Investigation of novel AB5 toxin from the fish pathogen Yersenia ruckeri, a potential mucosal vaccine adjuvant

Dr Travis Beddoe (La Trobe University, Australia) and Professor Chris Secombes (University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom)

Projects funded in round two

1 Evaluation of antigenic and genomic methods to assess foot-and-mouth disease virus vaccine selection and performance in Nigeria

Dr David Ehizibolo (National Veterinary Research Institute, Nigeria), Dr Anna Ludi (The Pirbright Institute, UK) and Dr Donald King (The Pirbright Institute, United Kingdom)

2 Preparation of viral vaccines for Iranian aquaculture

Dr Nastaran Shahbazian (Iran Veterinary Organisation and Razi University, Iran) and Dr Kim Thompson (Moredun Research Institute, United Kingdom)

3 In vitro correlates of protective immunity in fish

Dr Preetham Elumalai (Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies, India) and Professor Samuel Martin (University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom)

Projects funded in round three

1 Using cell sorting and transcriptomics to monitor immune responses in livestock

Dr Tshifhiwa Nefefe (Agricultural Research Council, South Africa) and Professor John Hammond (The Pirbright Institute, United Kingdom)

2 Laboratory exchange to facilitate testing for nairovirus reactivity in Serbian livestock

Dr Tamara Saksida (University of Belgrade, Serbia) and Professor Teresa Lambe (The Jenner Institute, United Kingdom)

3 Population genomics of Strongyloides papillosus – a parasite of bovids in Pakistan

Dr Kiran Afshan (Quaid-i-Azam University, Pakistan) and Professor Mark Viney (University of Liverpool, United Kingdom)

4 The identification of Indian isolates of Streptococcus equi and Streptococcus zooepidemicus by whole genome sequencing

Dr Balvinder Kumar (ICAR-National Research Centre on Equines, India) and Dr Andrew Waller (Animal Health Trust, United Kingdom)

5 Evaluating the role of immunoglobulin IgT in vaccinated tilapia

Dr Wanna Sirimanapong (Mahidol University, Thailand) and Dr Janina Costa (Moredun Research Institute, United Kingdom)