Dr. Mauricio J. C. Coppo is a veterinarian with an interest in developing solutions to problems in animal health, based on the understanding of the pathogenesis, immunity and epidemiology of infectious diseases that affect animals. For the past 9 years his research has focused on the investigation of the pathogenesis of infectious larygotracheitis (ILT), a viral disease caused by a herpesvirus that affects poultry industries worldwide. Over this period his research has examined the transmission and replication characteristics of currently available vaccines against this viral disease, as well as the innate and adaptive immune responses that are stimulated in the chicken during acute infection. Dr Coppo gained his veterinary degree at the University of Chile in 2002 and worked in the poultry industry as a field veterinarian before completing a Master of Veterinary Science (by research) and a PhD in avian virology and immunology at the University of Melbourne. Following a Research Fellowship in Veterinary Virology, Dr Coppo currently holds and appointment as Research Fellow in Avian Immunology.