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Julia Kydd

Assistant Professor in Applied Immunology, 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. From 2012-2018 she was Senior Tutor for Postgraduate Students culminating in a Lord Dearing Award to the School's pastoral support team. 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 undertakes research in equine immunology and virology.

Expertise Summary

Equine herpesvirus-1, equine hepacivirus, 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

Undergraduate facilitation and teaching in multiple modules including welfare, cardiorespiratory, musculoskeletal, lymphoreticular cell biology, reproduction, principles of veterinary science, personal and professional skills.

Veterinary student welfare, support and professionalism

Teaching Summary

Julia Kydd is an Assistant Professor in Applied Immunology and was a Senior Tutor within the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science with responsibility for supporting undergraduate and… read more

Research Summary

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

Currently funded research

Equine hepacivirus: Principal Investigator in collaboration with Drs Janet Daly (School of Veterinary Medicine and Science) and Alex Tarr (School of Life Sciences)

Facial pain score in horses: Supervisor of Rhiannon Price (undergraduate vet student), in collaboration with Dr Sue Dyson (Animal Health Trust)

Other research projects include undergraduate student projects on a variety of subjects,

I am a member of OneVirology, a group of comparative virologists within the Schools of Veterinary Medicine and Science, Life Sciences, Biosciences and Medicine at the University of Nottingham

Recent Publications

Julia Kydd is an Assistant Professor in Applied Immunology and was a Senior Tutor within the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science with responsibility for supporting undergraduate and postgraduate students from 2006-2018. 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

Musculoskeletal 1: Equine lameness evaluation

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, embryo transfer.

Principles of Veterinary Science: applied immunology, hypersensitivity, T cells, B cells, vaccines etc

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, undergraduate research projects

Past Research

  • Correlates of immunity to equine herpesvirus-1 in the host species
  • 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

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.

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The University of Nottingham
School of Veterinary Medicine and Science
Sutton Bonington Campus, Leicestershire, LE12 5RD


telephone: +44 (0) 115 951 6563
email:sv-biobank@nottingham.ac.uk