Inaugural Lecture: Prof Simon MacKenzie, Court Room, Thursday, 12. September 2019

Fever, personality and immunology: Understanding how immune systems evolved is fundamental to the development of a one health perspective in both human and animal health. The exceptional diversity of fish provides opportunity to develop models with unique characteristics that provide meaningful insight. How immune systems perceive threat, how and why fever evolved and individual variation will be discussed.

Prof MacKenzie is a graduate of Abertay University, and completed his PhD in molecular physiology at University of St Andrews.  His research interest is the evolutionary biology of the innate immune respoonse integrating behaviour, immunity and nanotechnology toward improving health in aquaculture.  Prof MacKenzie approaches this with an integrative suite of methods both experimental and theoretical spanning across the fields of behaviour ecology, evolution and immunity.  Throughout his career, his major academic interest has been exploration of how immunity has evolved and how environmental conditions module the plasticity of the immune response.  

Thursday, 12. September 2019, Court Room, Inaugural Lecture: Prof Simon MacKenzie

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