Issy Lewis
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I am a lecturer in Animal Health with a specialism in viral diseases of livestock. I developed my expertise during my PhD where I worked at world leading institues: The Pirbright Institute (UK), The Friedrich Loeffler Institut (Germany) and The Royal Veterinary College (UK). My research has led me to present my results at conferences in both Europe and the United States. 

I completed a BSc (Hons) in Bioveterinary Science at the University of Lincoln where my research career started with a focus on avian immunology. I was awarded an opportunity to complete a summer research project which was titled: Immunological tools for the analysis of Puffinosis in the Manx Shearwater. This lead me onto my dissertation project where I studied "The function of the avian mannose receptor, MRC1L-B in Endocytosis". After my undergraduate degree I completed my PhD research virulence factors of Lumpy skin disease virus a poxvirus causing Lumpy skin disease in cattle. 

Since finishing my PhD I have taught a variety of subjects at Writtle University College with my favourites being Animal Health and Disease and Applied Health Management.

I am currently a member of the Microbiological Society and the British Society of Animal Science where I am a member of the early careers committee (ECC).

Current teaching

At Hartpury I an teaching at all levels of undergraduate provision and across multuple programmes including Bioveterinary Science and Zoology. The modules I lead are; Applied Animal Health and Disease, Pharmacology and Systems Biology. I am also part of the teaching team for modules namely, Anatomy and Physiology, Comparative Anatomy and Physiology as well as Pathology.

I also supervise students dissertation projects at undergraduate level and would encourage working with external partners to promote collaborative research.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Investigating virulence factors of Lumpy skin disease virus, The Royal Veterinary College

Award Date: 31 May 2023

BSc, Bioveterinary , University of Lincoln

Award Date: 10 Sept 2018

Extended level 3 Diploma in Animal Management , Moulton College

Award Date: 1 Jul 2015

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