Professor Oliver Pybus, an expert in virus evolution in the Department of Zoology at the University of Oxford, has been appointed by the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) as part of a programme to drive more collaboration between the two universities.
Pybus began his new role as Professor of Infectious Diseases at the RVC earlier this month. His role is intended to strengthen the RVC’s research base in pathogen evolution and epidemiology, as well as explore ways in which the RVC and Oxford’s Department of Zoology can work together on research.
Commenting on the appointment, Professor Pybus said: “I am delighted to take up this appointment at RVC and looking forward to strengthening the bond between Oxford’s Zoology Department and RVC. I am excited by the opportunity to apply my expertise to important problems in veterinary science, animal health, and food security.”
RVC Vice-Principal for Research & Innovation, Professor Jonathan Elliott, said: “Understanding how pathogens evolve to pass from wildlife into domestic animals and people is a major research goal for RVC’s infectious disease researchers, and Professor Pybus’ skills in pathogen evolution will help us enormously to make an impact in this field.”