School of Veterinary Medicine and Science

Laura Bennett





I obtained a first class honours degree, BSc Zoology from the University of Salford in 2011. My final year project was the Morphological identification of a trematode found in Myodes glareolus at Malham Tarn, UK. During my undergraduate degree I assisted on a summer project studying mosquito species at Manchester airport with Salford University Environmental Health Department.


PhD Veterinary Medicine and Science, due for completion 2016

School research theme:

Animal infection and immunity

Research topic:

Epidemiology and molecular biology of Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpes Virus 1 (EEHV1) in the Asian Elephant Elephas maximus.

Summary of research:

Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpes Virus 1 (EEHV1) is a disease affecting both captive and wild populations of Asian elephants throughout the world. There is currently limited information about this virus. Once there has been a primary infection of the virus, viral shedding may continue throughout the animal’s life, what causes reactivation and clinical symptoms is currently unknown. My project involves studying samples from elephant herds around the world to obtain information on viral shedding, and to see if pregnancy effects viral shedding of the mother and other herd members. Other aspects of my project include potentially testing a drug to test its efficacy and attempting tissue culture using placenta. I will be using qPCR to measure levels of viral shedding in the samplesand this will be quantified using a standard curve.

Research supervisors:

Dr Rachael Tarlinton (Primary), Dr Lisa Yon (Secondary) and Dr Stephen Dunham (Secondary)

Primary funding source:

DTP BBSRC funding

School of Veterinary Medicine and Science

University of Nottingham
Sutton Bonington Campus
Leicestershire, LE12 5RD

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