PhD defence

Development of immune response against H9N2 avian influenza after vaccination

PhD candidate X (Xue) Pan MSc
Promotor MCM (Mart) de Jong
Co-promotor dr. M (Maria) Forlenza PhD
dr. N (Nancy) Beerens
External copromotor Zejun Li
Organisation Wageningen University, Quantitative Veterinary Epidemiology

Wed 11 January 2023 11:00 to 12:30

Venue Omnia
Room Groot Auditorium


H9N2 avian influenza virus (AIV) is the most prevalent and harmful low pathogenic avian influenza virus (LPAIV) in the world, which not only seriously harms animal husbandry but also poses a huge challenge to public health. Vaccination is the main and most effective strategy to control H9N2 AIV. However, most vaccination programs against H9N2 AIV have shown to be ineffective in poultry in practice. Therefore, my project was 1) to figure out what factors may interfere with the H9N2 vaccine efficacy to sufficiently reduce transmission in poultry, 2) to come up with some ideas to improve the vaccine efficacy, and 3) to explore the mechanisms that influence the vaccine efficacy.