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Prof. Venugopal Nair

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Head of the Avian Viral Diseases ...

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
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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
The Pirbright Institute - IAH hosts a networking event for stakeholders and partners, 17 Mar 2011 [cached]
Prof. Venugopal Nair, Head of the Avian Infectious Diseases Programme, IAH
The Pirbright Institute - Avian Viral Diseases (AVD) Programme, 10 May 2006 [cached]
Head of Programme: Professor Venugopal Nair
Prof Venugopal Nair ..., 13 Mar 2012 [cached]
Prof Venugopal Nair
Jenner, 20 Sept 2011 [cached]
Prof Venugopal Nair
Tel: +44 (0)1635 577 356
Prof. Venugopal Nair obtained the Bachelors Degree in Veterinary & Animal Sciences from the Kerala Agricultural University, Trichur, India in 1976. After obtaining a PhD in Veterinary Medicine from the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Chennai, India in 1987, he started his research career as a post-doctoral scientist at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. Dr. Nair joined Dr. Ernie Gould's group at the Institute of Virology & Environmental Microbiology, Oxford as postdoctoral research fellow in 1989, where he carried out extensive research until 1994 on the molecular biology of arthropod-borne flaviviruses.
Dr. Nair moved to the Institute for Animal Health in 1994 to join Dr. Jim Payne's group to work on avian oncogenic viruses.
Dr. Nair is the designated expert of the OIE (Office International des Epizooties) Reference Centre on Marek's disease and was the Chairman of the organizing committee of the 7th International Marek's Disease Symposium in Oxford in 2004. He is also a Visiting Professor at Imperial College London since 2005, and is a member of the Board of Editors of Avian Pathology. Prof. Nair became a Jenner Investigator in January 2007.
One of the aims of Dr. Nair's research is to investigate the molecular mechanisms of for the continued increase in virulence. In collaboration, with Prof. Andrew Read, University of Edinburgh, Dr. Nair is examining the role of vaccines in driving MDV virulence.
With an aim to unravel the molecular mechanisms of MDV-induced neoplastic transformation, Dr. Nair group carries out in-depth analysis of the transcriptome, proteome and the interactome of MDV-transformed cells to understand the molecular pathways of oncogenesis. Dr. Nair's group has established infectious bacterial artificial chromosome (BAC) clones of different MDV strains, which allow random or targeted mutagenesis to identify genes associated with pathogenicity. More recently, Dr. Nair's group has identified several herpesvirus-encoded microRNAs that have profound influence of the biology of these viruses.
Key Publications Yao, Y., Zhao, Y., Xu, H., Smith, L. P., Lawrie, C. H., Sewer, A., Zavolan, M. & Nair, V. (2007) Marek's disease virus type 2 (MDV-2)-encoded microRNAs show no sequence conservation to those encoded by MDV-1.
Stephen J. Spatz, Lawrence Petherbridge, Yuguang Zhao and Venugopal Nair (2007) Comparative full-length sequence analysis of oncogenic and vaccine (Rispens) strains of Marek's disease virus Journal of General Virology 88, 1080-1096.
Andrew C. Brown, Susan J. Baigent, Lorraine P. Smith, Jason P. Chattoo, Lawrence J. Petherbridge, Pippa Hawes, Martin J. Allday & Venugopal Nair (2006).
Venugopal Nair & Mihaela Zavolan (2006).
Baigent, S. J., Petherbridge, L. J., Smith, L. P., Chesters, P. M. and Nair, V. (2006).
Davison, T. F. & Venugopal Nair (2005). Marek's disease vaccines: Could they be driving the virulence? Expert Reviews of Vaccines 4, 77-88.
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