Professor Joanne Devlin is a veterinary graduate from The University of Sydney. She worked in private veterinary practice in Victoria, Australia, before starting a PhD in Veterinary Virology at The University of Melbourne. After completing her PhD she has held research and teaching positions at The University of Melbourne. Her research investigates the pathogenesis of a range of veterinary infectious diseases and she has a particular interest in vaccine development and disease control. Her primary research focus is on animal herpesviruses, including herpesviruses of wildlife and avian infectious laryngotracheitis virus (ILTV), an important cause of respiratory disease in poultry worldwide. Her research interests in ILTV extends from applied research, including ILTV vaccine development and testing, to basic research, including genome evolution and the characterisation of ILTV proteins. She was awarded an Australian Research Council (ARC) Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2008 and an ARC Future Fellowship in 2014. Her teaching responsibilities are in the area of Veterinary Public Health. She works in the Asia Pacific Centre for Animal Health, within the Melbourne Veterinary School, in the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences.