Prof. Venugopal Nair OBE

Prof. Venugopal Nair OBE |Clyto Access

Professor and Head of Programme, Avian Immunology, Molecular Virology, Viral Diseases, The Pirbright Institute, UK



Venugopal Nair has been working as the Head of the Avian Viral Diseases Programme since 2010 and oversees the Institute’s programme of research on avian virology and immunology. He studied at the College of Veterinary & Animal Sciences, Kerala, India (B.V.Sc & M.V.Sc), National Institute of Virology, India (Diploma in Medical Virology) and the Tamilnadu University of Veterinary & Animal Sciences, India (Ph.D.). 
After 6 years postdoctoral research initially at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and later at the Institute of Virology, Oxford, he joined The Pirbright Institute in 1994 to carry out research on avian oncogenic viruses. As the Head of the Avian Oncogenic Viruses group, he carried out extensive research into the molecular mechanisms of virus-induced cancers. His research focus includes efforts to gain insights into the viral gene functions and their interactions with the host cell in driving neoplastic transformation (where issues with normal growth convert to a malignant tumour).
He has carried out extensive analysis of the dynamic changes of virus-induced cancer cells (looking at epigenomes, non-coding RNAs, transcriptomes and the proteomes) to develop an integrated profile of the molecular events in neoplastic transformation. His research interests on viral diversity and evolution of virulence has demonstrated the potential role of vaccines in driving virulence.
He has published a number of scientific papers and book chapters, and his contributions to avian disease research were recognized through the Tom Newman Award (2002), admittance to the World Veterinary Poultry Association Hall of Honour (2013), and OBE in the New Year’s Honours list (2015). He also holds positions as the Expert of the OIE (World Organisation for Animal Health) Reference Centre on Marek’s disease, Visiting Professor at Imperial College London, Honorary Professor at the University of Liverpool, and Jenner Investigator at the Jenner Institute, Oxford.  

Related Journals & Conferences :

International Journal of Vaccines and Technologies