Dr Ashley C. Banyard is a molecular virologist working with both morbilliviruses and lyssaviruses and is currently based at the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA), UK. Dr Banyard studied for his PhD in 2003 in the morbillivirus laboratory of the late Professor Tom Barrett at the Institute for Animal Health, Pirbright. There he used reverse genetics to study the roles of untranslated regions of the genome in pathogenicity, the effects of glycoprotein swaps and the effects on insertion of novel transcription cassettes into the genomes of morbilliviruses. Alongside this he represented the IAH on numerous missions to Africa during the final stages of the rinderpest eradication campaign. Following his PhD he remained as a postdoctoral scientist within the morbillivirus laboratory where he worked extensively with other morbilliviruses including canine distemper virus, peste des petits ruminants virus and the cetacean morbilliviruses. He currently works as a senior investigator within the research group of Professor Tony Fooks at AHVLA and is funded to work with both morbilliviruses, primarily through novel vaccine development for PPRV, and the lyssaviruses where he is involved with pathogenesis studies as well as vaccine development.
Biography Updated on 21 May 2012