Prof Tanja Opriessnig

Prof Tanja Opriessnig

Group Leader, Infection & Immunity, The Roslin Institute

Professor Tanja Opriessnig is a professor of infectious disease pathology at the University of Edinburgh. Her research focuses on infectious diseases in pigs with an emphasis on porcine circovirus type 2 (PCV2).

This is one of the smallest viruses known to man, that had for many years been simply ignored or considered a “circus act” by many leading pig scientists until innovative research clearly showed causality with major disease outbreaks. Subsequently, introduction of the vaccine has perhaps had the greatest impact of any swine vaccine in recent history.