Kevin Dalton

University of Oviedo

I am currently Assistant Professor at Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Oviedo, Asturias, Spain. I obtained a BSc in Microbiology (1995) before focusing my interest on the molecular biology of viruses. I carried out my PhD on the characterization of signals required for replication and packaging of coronavirus RNA. My main research interests include the identification of novel viruses and development of diagnostics and vaccines for use in animal health. I have been working specifically on the two main viruses that infect rabbits, rabbit hemorrhagic disease virus and myxoma virus since 2007. We collaborate with national and international research groups and companies, and have developed diagnostic tools for RHDV, RHDV2 and myxoma virus control, and are currently developing improved vaccines. Through the molecular characterization of pathogenic and vaccine strains we aim to better understand factors behind virulence and use this knowledge for better disease control.