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Dr Dave Cavanagh

Following my BSc degree in microbiology I focused on viruses at the Animal Virus Research Institute, now The Pirbright Institute, where I studied foot-and-mouth disease virus for my PhD. After a couple of fellowships I joined the Houghton Poultry Research Station (later part of the Institute for Animal Health, IAH). Thus began my immensely satisfying association with poultry viruses/scientists/veterinarians/ producers.

Dr Dave Cavanagh
Dr Dave Cavanagh

The main subject of my research was infectious bronchitis virus, stretching all the way from identifying the virion proteins, through gene sequencing to genetic manipulation of the virus to identify the determinants of immunogenicity and pathogenicity. The emergence of turkey rhinotracheitis in Europe in the late 1980s was an exciting time; it gave me the opportunity to use molecular approaches to study a new virus.

I continued my research at the IAH’s Compton Laboratory after the closure of the Houghton Laboratory (1992), in a very productive collaboration with Dr Paul Britton. I also extended my reach to studying coronaviruses of turkeys and pheasants, and also astroviruses and avian encephalomyelitis virus. During this time I was Editor-in-Chief (EiC) of Avian Pathology for 12 years or so; now I am Assistant EiC.

I had always enjoyed communicating - verbally, visually and through writing – and in 2006 I underwent a sea-change in my career, becoming Head of Communication for the IAH. I now lecture on writing skills at the University of Oviedo.

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