International scientific panel
Patricia (Pat) Anne Nuttall
Member of the International scientific panel, Biology
Patricia (Pat) Anne Nuttall is British virologist and acarologist known for her research on tick-borne diseases. Her discoveries include the fact that pathogens can be transmitted between vectors feeding on a host without being detectable in the host's blood (´co-feeding´phenomenon).
Nuttall gained a BSc in microbiology at the University of Bristol in 1974. Her PhD in virology (1978), under the supervision of J. Stott and C. Kaplan, was at the Institute for Animal Health (now the Pirbright Institute) and the University of Reading.
From 1977, Nuttall did post-doctoral research at the Edward Grey Institute of Field Ornithology of the Department of Zoology at the University of Oxford and the NERC Unit of Invertebrate Virology in Oxford. She remained at the NERC unit, which was renamed the Institute of Virology and Environmental Microbiology (IVEM), rising to be its director in 1996. In 2001, IVEM merged with other bodies to become the NERC Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, and Nuttall served as the center’s director until 2011. During this period, she oversaw the major restructuring of the centre. She subsequently directed national projects with NERC. She chaired the Partnership for European Environmental Research from 2008 to 2010.
Nuttall has been professor of arbovirology in the Department of Zoology of the University of Oxford since 2013. She is a fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford.
Nuttall received the Ivanovsky Medal for Virology of the Russian Academy of Sciences in 1996. She was awarded the OBE in the 2000 New Year Honours List, for "services to Environmental Science and Policy.”