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Julia Kydd

Lecturer in Applied Immunology and Senior Tutor, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences

Contact

  • workRoom B74 Veterinary Academic Building
    Sutton Bonington Campus
    Sutton Bonington
    Leicestershire
    LE12 5RD
    UK
  • work0115 951 6448
  • fax0115 951 6440

Biography

Julia Kydd graduated from the University of Dundee with a BSc (Hons) in Zoology. This was followed by an MSc in Equine Studies awarded by the University College of Wales (Aberystwyth)., as part of which she undertook a scientific research project at the Equine Fertility Unit in Cambridge under the supervision of Professor W.R. (Twink) Allen. She then spent 4 years as a Graduate Research Assistant at the Unit, assisting in equine embryo transfer and during that time became interested in the mare's immune response to pregnancy. This led to equine immunological research which culminated in the award of a PhD from Girton College, Cambridge. Her subsequent employment was as a post-doctoral research assistant in the Equine Virology Unit at the Animal Health Trust in Newmarket, working with Professor Duncan Hannant on Equine Herpesvirus-1. Julia joined the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science in 2006 as a lecturer and Senior Tutor. In 2012 she was appointed Senior Tutor for Postgraduate Students. Her continuing professional development as a reflective teacher has been recognised through the award of a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education and in 2014, she became a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Julia supervises PhD students, has acted as an internal and external examiner and coordinator for postgraduate degrees and is a member of the School's Postgraduate Committee.

Expertise Summary

Equine herpesvirus-1, equine husbandry, immunology, vaccines and vaccine trials

Experimental laboratory research involving measurement of immune cell functions

Pathogenesis of viral disease in the target host

Scientific writing

Veterinary student welfare, support and professionalism

Teaching Summary

Julia Kydd is a Lecturer in Applied Immunology and is one of the Senior Tutors within the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science with responsibility for supporting postgraduate students. She holds… read more

Research Summary

See the Animal Infection and Immunity web page for more information on virus research within SVMS.

Equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) causes respiratory and neurological disease and late gestation abortion in horses. This virus is a particular problem within the Thoroughbred breeding and racing industries and the majority of funding has been generously provided by the Horserace Betting Levy Board (HBLB), but EHV-1 can infect domestic and wild equids of any age or breed. My particular focus has been on the identification of protective immune responses, specifically frequencies of cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTL) and their association with severity of disease. The genetic restriction elements and CTL target antigens of EHV-1 have also bee reported. More recently, I collaborate with colleagues at the Animal Health Trust (Drs Neil Bryant and Debra Elton), on a project which studies the interactions between endothelial cells and leukocytes. An in vitro model is under development to study these interactions which form a crucial link in the pathogenesis of EHV-1. This project is funded by the HBLB. I am a named collaborator on a project with colleagues at Aberystwyth University (Debbie Nash and Mina Davis-Morell and at Nottingham, Heidi Janicke) to investigate equine endometritis which is funded by the Science without Borders initiative and will support a Brazilian PhD student.

Other research projects include undergraduate student projects on a variety of subjects, ranging from the risk factors associated with injury in racehorses to the expression of Fc neonatal receptor in equine tissues and surveillance of insect vectors. I am also a member of two of the School's research themes: Animal Infection and Immunity. See http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/vet/research/animal-infection/index.aspx. for more information on virus research within SVMS.

Recent Publications

  • KYDD, J.H., CASE, R., WINTON, C., MACRAE, S., SHARP, E., RICKETTS, S.L., RASH, N. and NEWTON, J.R., 2016. Polarisation of equine pregnancy outcome associated with a maternal MHC class I allele: preliminary evidence Veterinary Microbiology. 188, 34-40
  • KIPRUTO, M., BENNETT, L., KYDD, J., NYUNJA, J., JUSTUS, O., OBANDA, V., GAKUYA, F., MUYA, S. and OTIENDE, Y., 2016. Equid herpesvirus-1 DNA polymerase-like sequence in wild African elephants Journal of Wildlife Diseases. (In Press.)
  • ELLIS, H., KENDALL, N.R. and KYDD, J.H., 2016. Health knowledge and infection control by event horse owners In: International Equine Infectious Diseases Conference X. 39S. S4
  • KYDD, J.H., CASE, R., WINTON, C., MACRAE, S., SHARP, E.,, RICKETTS, S.L.,, SAUNDERS, K.,, RASH, N. and NEWTON, J.R., 2016. Polarisation of equine pregnancy outcome is associated with a maternal MHC class I allele In: International Equine Infectious Diseases Conference X. 39S. S56

Julia Kydd is a Lecturer in Applied Immunology and is one of the Senior Tutors within the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science with responsibility for supporting postgraduate students. She holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Her teaching responsibilities include working as a lecturer, examiner, practical demonstrator and facilitator, mainly in first and second year modules including:

Animal Health and Welfare 1: equine husbandry

Cardiorespiratory 1: Defence of the respiratory tract

Personal and Professional Skills 1 & 2 facilitator: multiple topics, including professionalism, study skills and verbal and written communication

Facilitator in Clinical Relevance Sessions for all 1st year modules

Reproduction 2: the oestrous cycle, artificial reproduction techniques, clinical examination of the mare for reproductive soundness, the immunology of reproduction.

Research Project 3: supervisor and examiner

Examiner: Directly Observed Practical Skills, Equine husbandry 1st year and Objective Skills Examiner for multiple modules in 1st and 2nd years, Portfolio and Skills Diary

Past Research

  • Leukocyte recruitment to the equine lung after herpesvirus infection
  • Cellular immune response to equine influenza virus
  • In vitro models of the interactions between virus infected endothelial cells and equine leukocytes
  • Immune responses to equine pregnancy
  • Immunosenescence
  • Lymphoid leukaemias in horses.

Future Research

Schmallenberg virus is a vector borne virus which emerged in Europe in 2011 and was first detected in the UK's sheep and cattle in 2012. Recent reports indicate that it is spreading rapidly. As a consequence there are economic and welfare impacts through the loss of newborn lambs and calves and drop in milk production. In collaboration with Drs Janet Daly, Steve Dunham and Rachael Tarlinton and Prof David Haig, we are keen to help investigate the pathogenesis of this virus and develop control strategies and are thus actively seeking funding and collaborations to complement our existing expertise and animal facilities.

Collaboration: we are open to suggestions where our expertise can contribute to collaborative projects, for which potential funding is available!

See the Animal Infection and Immunity research theme for more information on virus research within SVMS.

School of Veterinary Medicine and Science

University of Nottingham
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Leicestershire, LE12 5RD

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