Janet Daly is Associate Professor in Emergent Viruses at the University of Nottingham’s School of Veterinary Medicine and Research. The focus of her research is on RNA viruses; she has expertise in epidemiology and evolution of viruses and the development and testing of vaccines and diagnostic tests.
She has extensive experience of strain surveillance of equine influenza viruses gained while a PhD student at the Animal Health Trust. In collaboration with mathematical modellers she has been involved in the development of models to predict the likelihood of vaccine breakdown and occurrence of outbreaks in equine populations. Her more recent studies have focused on understanding the molecular and cellular pathogenesis, host range restrictions and transmissibility of influenza viruses. In the field of human influenza, she studied the genetic and immunological safety of DNA vaccines in which influenza was used as a model system in mouse studies at the National Institute for Biological Standards and Control. While working for GlaxoSmithKline, she was involved studying neuraminidase inhibitors of influenza. Her expertise extends to West Nile and Japanese encephalitis viruses, members of the Flaviviridae, and members of the family Bunyaviridae including Schmallenberg virus.