Prof John Fazakerley takes up his post as director of the Institute for Animal Health today (June 6, 2011). He succeeds David Paton who has been acting director since the retirement of Martin Shirley CBE in 2010.
John Fazakerley takes up his post as Director of the Institute for Animal Health (IAH) today (June 6, 2011), which receives strategic funding from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council.
Prof Fazakerley succeeds Prof David Paton who has been acting director since the retirement of Prof Martin Shirley CBE in 2010.
Prof Fazakerley is group leader and professor of virology at the Roslin Institute, also an institute of BBSRC, within the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine at the University of Edinburgh. He and his research group study how viruses cause disease and focus on viruses spread by arthropods.
Prof Fazakerley said: “This is an exciting time to be taking over the reins of the IAH. Consolidation of the institute and construction of a state-of-the-art, high bio-containment laboratory complex at the IAH’s Pirbright laboratory is well under way. This is in addition to recently completed animal facilities and an interim high bio-containment laboratory.
“At IAH we have world-class staff and research programmes, and a new focus on viruses that threaten livestock, including poultry, and viruses that are zoonotic, affecting both livestock and humans. Viruses that threaten the health of livestock also threaten food security. With a changing environment and climate, viruses are the most likely emerging diseases of economic and medical importance.”
He concluded: “IAH has a distinguished history and with all the new investment in facilities and staff, IAH is set to retain its position as a world-leading institute into the future.”