The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and the Institute for Animal Health have announced the appointment of the new director for the institute: Professor John Fazakerley, a leading researcher in virology, will join IAH on June 1, from his current post at The Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh.

Fazakerley will succeed Professor Martin Shirley, who retired in October 2010. Professor David Paton has been acting director in the interim. Fazakerley is currently group leader and professor of Virology at The Roslin Institute, and is a recognized world expert on arthropod (mosquito- and tick-borne) virus diseases, immune responses to virus infections and virus pathogenesis.


"There are some exciting and challenging years ahead for IAH, with the completion of the new world-class facilities at Pirbright and a new science strategy," said Professor Doug Kell, BBSRC chief executive. "John Fazakerley brings the skills and vision to lead the Institute through this period and to build on its position as a central hub in UK and global animal health research and surveillance."