Infection and Immunity

As modern methods of intensification in agriculture increase, one of the greatest threats to livestock production is infectious disease.

Research within the EBRC uses the tools of genetics, genomics and cell biology of innate immunity in livestock to study livestock responses, host susceptibility, host-biome interactions and vaccine development in the fight against viral and bacterial zoonoses and emerging diseases.

The research of this theme studies endemic pathogens of economic importance to food production in their natural hosts as well as identifying novel pathogens and studying any potential threats through epidemiological modelling.

The aim of this research is to develop new molecular and mathematical methods as well as novel technologies and vaccines to create a multi-pronged tool with which to combat the multiple pathogens and improve the economic robustness of the livestock industry.

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