As a career immunologist, I have focused on applied immunology, especially on innovative methods of vaccination. Thus I am working on methods of intranasal and oral vaccination against many different diseases. My second major area of interest has been the field of emerging viruses and diseases of wild and exotic birds. Most recently we have focused on the unusual epidemiology and biology of avian bornavirus. Currently however I have come to recognize the critical importance of genomic sequencing and bioinformatics. My major current efforts are studies on the pathogenesis of, and immunity to avian bornaviruses. I have also had many productive collaborations on other vaccines, including influenza vaccines under development by KJ Biosciences. I am uniquely situated in the environment of a major College of Veterinary Medicine to assist this SBIR phase I-II project which involves the critical immunogenicity and protection studies in dogs. My role in this project is to provide assistance and oversight for these studies.
Peru: The college has two formal agreements (Convenios) with the main Peruvian Veterinary Schools. Heredia Cayetana and San Marcos. Both commit us to collaborate in the area of avian research and conservation. There are multiple collaborative projects underway in Tambopata, in investigating the wild bird trade and in studying the epidemiology of selected avian diseases.
Argentina: The Schubot Center is supporting a project to determine causes of nestling mortality in the Patagonian subspecies of the peregrine falcon.
Canada: The Schubot Center is collaborating with scientists at the University of Guelph on the detection of avian bornavirus in arctic waterfowl.
Ph.D. Immunology, University of Cambridge, England 1969
B.Sc. Pathology, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK 1966
B.V.M.& S. Veterinary Medicine, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK 1965
DSc (Honorary). University of Guelph
A draft de novo genome assembly for the northern bobwhite (Colinus virginianus) reveals evidence for a rapid decline in effective population size beginning in the Late Pleistocene.
Halley YA, Dowd SE, Decker JE, Seabury PM, Bhattarai E, Johnson CD, Rollins D, Tizard IR, Brightsmith DJ, Peterson MJ, Taylor JF, Seabury CM
A multi-platform draft de novo genome assembly and comparative analysis for the Scarlet Macaw (Ara macao).
Seabury CM, Dowd SE, Seabury PM, Raudsepp T, Brightsmith DJ, Liboriussen P, Halley Y, Fisher CA, Owens E, Viswanathan G, Tizard IR
Birds and bornaviruses.
Payne SL, Delnatte P, Guo J, Heatley JJ, Tizard I, Smith DA
Anim Health Res Rev.