Dr George Russell

I am a Molecular Biology graduate from the University of Glasgow. I gained my Ph.D. at Warwick University for studies on bacterial genetics.  After postdoctoral work in bacterial genetics and protein engineering I joined Roslin Institute in 1990 to study sequence-structure-function relationships in the bovine major histocompatibility complex.  I joined Moredun as a project leader in the viral immunomodulation programme in 2002. I have long term interests in the relationship between sequence variation and protein function, especially in the context of livestock disease.  I have studied the genetic variation of pathogens and the immune system of livestock species for over 20 years and am interested in the molecular interactions between host and pathogen.
Current Research:  

  1. The molecular pathology of livestock herpesviruses, including those that cause malignant catarrhal fever.
  2. Genetic and genomic analysis of immune response phenotypes in livestock. 
  3. Sequence variation in pestiviruses as a tool for epidemiology. This work is part of the EPIC programme and focuses on the analysis of Bovine Viral Diarrhoea Virus (BVDV) samples from the Scottish BVDV eradication campaign. The accumulation of thousands of virus sequences with associated sample identification and location data representing infected carriers from several years of the eradication should provide an important resource for understanding the spread of BVD in the later stages of the eradication programme.


Pestivirus infection of sheep – testing times? GC Russell

Analysis of bovine viral diarrhoea virus: Biobank and sequence database to support eradication in Scotland. GC Russell, DM Grant, S Lycett, C Bachofen, GL Caldow, PD Burr, K Davie, N Ambrose, GJ Gunn, RN Zadoks

Assessment of the rabbit as a wildlife reservoir of bovine viral diarrhea virus: serological analysis and generation of trans-placentally infected offspring. DM Grant, MP Dalgleish, C Bachofen, B Boag, D Deane, A Percival, RN Zadoks, GC Russell

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