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:

  • Animal Disease and Parasitology
  • Animal Health and Disease
  • Biochemistry & Toxicology 
  • Management of Animal Health 


Module I teach on:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Pathology
  • Pharmacology
  • Professional and Academic Skills in Animal Biology 
  • Research Methods for Agricutural and Animal Scientists 

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

Research interests

My main research interests focus around understanding livestock diseases and investigating strategies to improve both animal health and welfare. This stems from my PhD which studied factors influencing capripoxviruses (poxviruses affecting cattle, goats and sheep) virulence and providing rationale for a genetically engineered vaccine design. Moving into HE lectuing has since led me to research technologies that can enhance livestock welfare. 

The current longitudinal research projects I am leading, will focus on developing a data repository for endoparasitic infections and mastitis to analyse trends amongst those diseases. 

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

External positions

ECC member, British Society of Animal Science

2023 → …

Lecturer in Animal Science , Writtle University

Aug 2022Aug 2023


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