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Prof. Venugopal Nair

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Head of Programme

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Email: v***@***.uk
Local Address:  United Kingdom
Institute for Animal Health
Ash Road
Woking , Surrey GU24 0NF
United Kingdom

Company Description: The Institute for Animal Health (IAH) is a world-leading centre of excellence, and the major centre in the UK, for research on infectious diseases of livestock. We...   more

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Chairman of the Organizing Committee
    7th International Marek's Disease Symposium


  • Bachelors Degree , Veterinary & Animal Sciences
    Kerala Agricultural University
  • PhD , Veterinary Medicine
    Tamil Nadu Agricultural University
51 Total References
Web References
Yongxiu Yao, Lorraine P. Smith, ..., 26 Sept 2015 [cached]
Yongxiu Yao, Lorraine P. Smith, Venugopal Nair and Mick Watson (2013).
Yongxiu Yao, Charlesworth, J, Venugopal Nair and Mick Watson (2013).
Abdessamad Tahiri-Alaoui, Lorraine P. Smith, Lydia Kgosana, Lawrence J. Petherbridge, Venugopal Nair (2013).
Susan J. Baigent, Lydia B. Kgosana, Ahmed A. Gamawa, Lorraine P. Smith, Andrew F. Read and Venugopal K. Nair (2013).
Venugopal Nair (2013) Latency & Tumorigenesis in Marek's disease. Avian Diseases 57(2) Supplement: 360-365. William N. Mwangi, Lorraine P. Smith, Susan J. Baigent, Adrian L. Smith and Venugopal Nair (2012).
Yongxiu Yao, Lorraine P Smith, Lawrence Petherbridge, Mick Watson and Venugopal Nair (2012) Novel microRNAs encoded by duck enteritis virus.
Peter M Biggs and Venugopal Nair (2012).
L N Payne and Venugopal Nair (2012). The long view: 40 years of avian leukosis research. Avian Pathology 41 (1):11-19. Andrew C. Brown, Venugopal Nair and Martin J. Allday (2012).
Jacqueline Smith, Jean-Remy Sadeyen, Ian Paton, Paul Hocking, Nigel Salmon, Mark Fife, Venugopal Nair, David Burt, and Peter Kaiser (2011).
Yongqing Li, Kolli Reddy, Scott M, Reid, William J, Cox,Ian H, Brown, Paul Britton, Venugopal Nair and Munir Iqbal (2011).
Yuguang Zhao, Lawrence Petherbridge, Lorraine P Smith, Yongxiu Yao, Hongtao Xu, Sue Baigent & Venugopal Nair (2011).
Dr. Venugopal Nair
The Pirbright Institute - Avian Viral Diseases (AVD) Programme, 6 May 2015 [cached]
Head of Programme: Professor Venugopal Nair
Professor Venugopal Nair Viral Oncogenesis Group
OBE for Avian Virologist - ..., 26 Jan 2015 [cached]
OBE for Avian Virologist - Professor Venugopal Nair
Professor Venugopal Nair, Head of the Avian Viral Diseases Programme at The Pirbright Institute has been awarded an OBE in this year's New Year Honours. The honour has been bestowed on the leading avian virologist in recognition of his outstanding contributions to science in the field of avian disease research.
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OBE for Avian Virologist - Professor Venugopal Nair
Professor Venugopal Nair, ..., 1 Jan 2015 [cached]
Professor Venugopal Nair, Head of the Avian Viral Diseases Programme at Pirbright has been awarded an OBE by the Queen in this year’s New Year Honours. The honour has been bestowed on the leading avian virologist in recognition of his outstanding contributions to science in the field of avian disease research.
Professor Nair’s research is focused mainly on unravelling the molecular mechanisms of oncogenesis, the process by which cancer cells are formed, and has made major contributions to our understanding of how avian oncogenic viruses induce tumours. He has published more than 120 scientific publications and several book chapters in this area and his contributions to avian disease research were also recognised through the Tom Newman Award by the British Poultry Council in 2002, and admittance to the World Veterinary Poultry Association (WVPA) Hall of Honour in 2013.
Professor Nair moved to the UK in 1989 after studying veterinary science and virology in his home country of India. His scientific research career began at the Institute of Virology in Oxford where he worked as a post-doctoral research fellow. During his six-year tenure at Oxford, he investigated the molecular biology of flaviviruses important to human and veterinary medicine, including tick-borne encephalitis and louping ill viruses.
It was in 1994 that Professor Nair moved over to The Pirbright Institute (known then as The Institute for Animal Health) and his first position was working on avian oncogenic viruses within Dr Jim Payne’s group at the Institute’s Compton Laboratories in Berkshire.
A former Editor of Avian Pathology, Professor Nair is currently one of the Associate Editors of the 13th Edition of the Diseases of Poultry. He is the designated expert of the Office International des Epizooties Reference Centre on Marek’s disease and holds Visiting Professorships at Imperial College London and at the University of Liverpool, and is also Investigator at the Jenner Institute, Oxford.
Professor Venugopal Nair
Professor Venugopal Nair
Author : Prof. Venugopal ..., 12 Oct 2011 [cached]
Author : Prof. Venugopal Nair Head, Avian Viral Diseases Programme BBSRC Institute for Animal Health Compton Berkshire RG20 7NN, United Kingdom E-mail: Date : 2011-10-12 Number Of Readers :838
More recently, insertional activation of small non-coding RNAs such as microRNAs have been demonstrated in neoplastic transformation by avian retroviruses (Nair, 2008; Thompson et al., 2011).
For example, development of the bacterial artificial chromosome (BAC)-based infectious clones of a number of MDV strains (Petherbridge et al., 2004; Petherbridge et al., 2003) has identified the functions of important genes such as Meq (Nair and Kung, 2004) and vTR (Jarosinski et al., 2010; Jarosinski and Osterrieder, 2010) in the induction of disease. More recently, we have demonstrated the role of virus-encoded microRNAs in the induction of lymphomas (Zhao et al., 2011).
Although the fundamental mechanisms of this evolution are not fully known, the role of vaccines themselves in assisting the drive towards increasing virulence has not been ruled out (Nair, 2005). If the viral evolution is allowed to continue at the present rate with the current vaccines and the vaccination strategies, MD could again emerge as a major economic problem for the industry. Continued introduction of newer vaccines that may succeed on short-term is unlikely to be a sustainable long-term strategy. he failure to prevent the infection, replication and shedding of virulent virus strains is a serious limitation of the current vaccines. Future research should aim at developing vaccines capable of inducing vaccines capable of inducing 'sterile immunity' that would prevent virus replication in the vaccinated hosts.
REFERENCES Baigent, S., Nair, V., Currie, R., 2006, Real-timequantitative PCR for Marek's disease vaccine virusin feather samples: applications and opportunities. ev Biol (Basel) 126, 271-281; discussion 327.
Nair, V., 2005, Evolution of Marek's disease - A paradigmfor incessant race between the pathogen and thehost. The Veterinary Journal 170, 175-183. Nair, V., 2008, Retrovirus-induced oncogenesis and safetyof retroviral vectors. Curr Opin Mol Ther 10, 431-438. Nair, V., Kung, H.J., 2004, Marek's disease virusoncogenicity: Molecular mechanisms, In:Davison, F., Nair, V. (Eds.) Marek's disease, anevolving problem. Elsevier Academic Press,Oxford, pp. 32-48.
Petherbridge, L., Brown, A.C., Baigent, S.J., Howes, K.,Sacco, M.A., Osterrieder, N., Nair, V.K., 2004,Oncogenicity of virulent Marek's disease viruscloned as bacterial artificial chromosomes. J Virol78, 13376-13380. Petherbridge, L., Howes, K., Baigent, S.J., Sacco, M.A.,Evans, S., Osterrieder, N., Nair, V., 2003,Replicationcompetentbacterial artificial chromosomes ofMarek's disease virus: Novel tools for generation ofmolecularly defined herpesvirus vaccines. J Virol,8712-8718.
Zhao, Y., Xu, H., Yao, Y., Smith, L.P., Kgosana, L., Green, J.,Petherbridge, L., Baigent, S.J., Nair, V., 2011, Criticalrole of the virus-encoded microRNA-155 ortholog inthe induction of Marek's disease lymphomas. PLoSPathog 7, e1001305.
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