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Professor Chris Oura
Professor - Veterinary Virology
School of Veterinary Medicine, Faculty of Medical Sciences, The University of the West Indies, EWMSC Mt. Hope, Trinidad, West Indies
Telephone: (868) 645-3232 Ext. 4220
In my scientific career to date I have gained considerable experience working both in the UK and worldwide. I have a strong background in the disciplines of immunology and molecular biology within the veterinary virology and parasitology fields. After completing my PhD, I successfully secured two consecutive highly competitive Wellcome Trust Personal Fellowships, which enabled me to make a name for myself in the Theileria research arena. I took full advantage of the opportunity to contribute to research in Uganda, where I personally equipped and set up my own research lab. Having successfully completed 3 years in Uganda, I returned to the UK to the world famous Pirbright Institute, where I spent 8 years working with various exotic veterinary viruses. In early 2012, I moved to a new post as senior lecturer in veterinary virology at the University of the West Indies and was promoted to full Professor in 2014. I am currently delivering the veterinary virology lecture course to the undergraduate students and am running a ‘One-Health’ based research programme, concentrating on pathogens of importance to the Caribbean region. I am also leading a Climate Change and Health Leaders Fellowship programme.
- PhD. Immunology Department, Pirbright Laboratory, Surrey, UK- 1994 – 1997
- MSc. Tropical Veterinary Science, Centre for Tropical Vet Medicine, Edinburgh University, UK. - 1991 – 1992
- B Vet Med. Royal Veterinary College, London University, London, UK- 1983 – 1988
- Identification and characterisation of viruses circulating in domestic animals and wildlife in Trinidad and Tobago
- Identification of Culicoides biting midge species and related viruses in T&T.
- Tick virome studies
- Viruses in fish.
- Promotion of the ‘One Health’ concept across the Caribbean region
- Climate Change and Health Leadership.
- 2012 - Current: Professor (Veterinary Virology), School of Veterinary Medicine, University of the West Indies (UWI), Trinidad and Tobago.
- 2004 – 2012: The Pirbright Institute, UK.
- 2010 – 2012: Deputy Head of the Vector-borne Diseases Programme.
- 2006 – 2012: Head of the Non-Vesicular Reference labs which included:
- - OIE, European Community and National reference lab for Bluetongue (BT) African Horse Sickness (AHS), frican Swine Fever Virus (ASFV), Pox viruses (Sheep & Goat Pox and Lumpy Skin Disease); Rinderpest and Peste de Petit Ruminants (PPR)
- 2006-2007: Acting Head of Pirbright Laboratory
- 2005 - 2007: Acting Head of the Division of Epidemiology, the Pirbright Institute
- 2004 - 2012: Head of the African Swine Fever Reference Laboratory.
- 2004 - 2012: Head of External Training, the Pirbright Institute.
- OIE designated disease expert for African Swine Fever, Bluetongue and African Horse Sickness (2005-2012)
- Member – Bluetongue Expert group for the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)
- Head - Bluetongue Expert Group, Discontools EC Project
- Disease Expert / Consultant for Edinburgh MSc in Transboundary Diseases
- Member of the COVID-19 UWI Taskforce - ongoing.
- CaribVET – Member of the Coordination Committee & Laboratory and Quality Assurance working group.
Honours and Awards
- Member of the Tropical Medicine Cluster which was awarded “Best Research Team - Encouraging Multi-Disciplinary Research’ - 2014
- Most Outstanding Regional Research Project (One Health, One Caribbean One Love) – 2016
- Most Outstanding Researcher (Faculty of Medical Sciences) – 2016
- The UWI Vice-Chancellor Award for Research – 2017
- Most impactful Research Project (One Health One Caribbean One Love), Faculty of Medical Sciences Research Day - 2019
- Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (MRCVS)
- Member of the Council of the Veterinary Research Club, UK
- Scientific Editorial board member for the Veterinary Record (UK).
- Member One Health Research Foundation Board of Directors, Ross Veterinary School, St Kitts & Nevis
- Member of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) Biological Standards Commission (BSC) 2021-2024.
- VETM3003 – Veterinary Virology
- VETM3004 – Veterinary Immunology
- VETM2014 – Research Methodology
- VETM3007 – Problem Based Learning (PBL)
- MDSC1001 – One Health lectures