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Prof. Venugopal Nair

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Head of the Avian Viral Diseases ...

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The Pirbright Institute
Ash Road
Pirbright , Surrey GU24 0NF
United Kingdom

Company Description: The Pirbright Institute has recently been involved in two OIE-funded laboratory twinning projects, one in Uganda and the other in Morocco. In Uganda the Institute...   more

Employment History

  • Principal Investigator
    The Pirbright Institute
  • Head of the Avian Infectious Diseases Programme
    The Pirbright Institute
  • Investigator
    The Jenner Institute
  • Head of Avian Viral Disease Programme
  • Multiple Positions
    OIE Reference Centre
  • Designated Expert
    OIE Reference Centre
  • Head
    Avian Viral Diseases Programme BBSRC Institute for Animal Health Compton Berkshire RG20 7NN

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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Professor Venugopal ..., 30 June 2015 [cached]
Professor Venugopal Nair Venugopal Nair is Head of the Avian Viral Diseases programme at the Pirbright Institute. His research includes multidisciplinary approaches to understand the molecular mechanisms of pathogenesis of viral diseases affecting poultry health.
The Pirbright Institute - Avian Viral Diseases (AVD) Programme, 6 May 2015 [cached]
Head of Programme: Professor Venugopal Nair
Professor Venugopal Nair Viral Oncogenesis Group
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
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
Prof. Venugopal Nair ..., 23 Aug 2013 [cached]
Prof. Venugopal Nair obtained his Ph.D. in Veterinary Medicine from India. After six years Post-doctoral research at Oxford, he joined the Institute for Animal Health in 1994 to work on avian neoplastic diseases. He is currently the Head of Avian Viral Disease programme at the Institute, and actively undertakes research on oncogenic viruses such as Marek's disease virus and avian leukosis virus. Dr. Nair's group carries out in-depth analysis of the transcriptome, proteome and the interactome of MDV-transformed cells to unravel the molecular pathways of oncogenesis. More recently, Dr. Nair's group has identified several herpesvirus-encoded microRNAs that have profound influence of the biology of these viruses. He also holds multiple positions including the responsibility for OIE (Office International des Epizooties) Reference Centre on Marek's disease, Visiting Professorship at Imperial College London, and Investigator at the Jenner Institute Oxford.
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