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Avian virologist recognized as U of G University Professor Emerita

Congratulations to three Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) professors recently recognized by the University of Guelph as University Professor Emerita: Profs. Eva Nagy, Elizabeth Stone and Pat Turner. Read below for highlights of Prof. Eva Nagy's significant contributions to OVC and follow these links for highlights on Prof. Elizabeth Stone's tenure as dean of OVC and Prof. Patricia Turner’s significant contributions to OVC. We will also highlight Prof. Turner in this space in the days ahead.

Prof. Eva Nagy, Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph An internationally renowned avian virologist has been named University Professor Emerita by the University of Guelph (U of G). Renowned for her research, Prof. Éva Nagy focused her career on addressing important questions in basic molecular virology and immunology of DNA and RNA viruses.

As a professor in the Department of Pathobiology at the U of G’s Ontario Veterinary College, Nagy contributed significantly to the microbiology, virology, and immunology curriculum for student veterinarians. Many of her undergraduate and postgraduate students included Canadian and international trainees, who have since achieved leadership positions in academia, government and industry.

Her research focusing on animal viral diseases, especially avian viruses and the development of viral vaccines has been consistently funded for the last 30 years.

Her work included the study of molecular pathogenesis of avian viruses and research to develop more effective vaccines and disease control strategies for key poultry viruses, including avian influenza virus, herpesvirus, adenovirus, infectious bronchitis virus and Newcastle disease virus. She also focused on ways to use fowl adenovirus as a vaccine vector to enhance immunity against poultry diseases.

In 2017, Nagy was recognized as a trailblazer with a Women of Distinction Award in the science, technology, engineering and math category for her extraordinary work, commitment to the field and her encouragement and mentorship to her students. This award is presented by the YMCA-YWCA to honour Guelph women whose work and community contributions have inspired and empowered others.

Nagy has engaged in many external leadership activities, serving as editor of the Canadian Journal of Veterinary Research since 1999, and as a member of the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association Editorial Committee since 1997. She is also a member of the Hungary Academy of Sciences in Budapest, Hungary.

In 1976, Nagy received her DVM from the University of Veterinary Medicine in Budapest, Hungary. She then completed her PhD in 1988 at the Veterinary Medical Research Institute in Budapest, Hungary. In 2002, she was awarded a DSc (Doctor of Sciences) from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, an honour granted to individuals for their significant and sustained contributions to a scientific field. Nagy also received an honorary professorship in 2004 from the University of Veterinary Medicine in Budapest, Hungary.

Since the beginning of her career, Nagy has accrued 165 peer-reviewed journal publications, nine books and chapters, five patents and 347 conference proceedings.

Nagy celebrated her retirement in 2018, but she continues to innovate at the Ontario Veterinary College, serving on graduate supervisory committees and is even collaborating on COVID-19 vaccine research with Sunnybrook Hospital, Toronto.

Congratulations Prof. Nagy and thank you for your commitment and contributions to our community; we are proud to have you join our esteemed group of Professor Emerita/us.