Gary Entrican


Honorary Professor
College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, University of Edinburgh

Professor Gary Entrican is an immunologist who has specialised in the development of vaccines and diagnostic tests for the control of infectious diseases of ruminant livestock. He graduated with a BSc Hons Degree in Immunology from The University of Glasgow where he remained to conduct his PhD, also in Immunology. After his PhD he took up a Post-Doctoral Research Position at The Moredun Research Institute (MRI) in Edinburgh. His initial project was investigation of the immunological basis of pestivirus persistence in sheep, which led to the development of a first-generation monoclonal antibody-based diagnostic ELISA employed in the BVDV eradication programme in Scandinavia in the 1990s. As he developed his interests in reproductive immunology he then began working on host-pathogen interactions during Chlamydia abortus infection in sheep, with a specific aim of identifying cell-mediated immunological correlates of protection to underpin novel vaccine development. During his time at MRI he developed a range of tools and technologies to investigate the ruminant immune system. Gary also played a key role in the development and running of The Immunological Toolbox and established a number of key global collaborations, most notably with the USDA Veterinary Immune Reagent Network.

Gary left MRI in 2019 and is currently an Honorary Professor within the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine at The University of Edinburgh. Throughout his career he has been passionate about veterinary immunology, an interest that was instilled in his undergraduate degree at University of Glasgow. He has promoted veterinary immunology through his publications, networking and committee activities and has always believed that we have much to learn from host-pathogen interactions in different species.He was Chair of the International Union of Immunological Societies (IUIS) Veterinary Immunology Committee (VIC) from 2013-2019 and is currently a member of the Scientific Committee of the STAR-IDAZ International Research Consortium (2017-2022) and Congress Secretary of the British Society for Immunology (2017-2021).

Research interests

Not currently research active.