Work packages leading:
WP9: Optimising LSD vaccine strategies
Agricultural Research Council-Onderstepoort Veterinary (Research) Institute (ARC-OVI)
DEFEND role: Work Package Leader: WP9
David Wallace completed his PhD degree in Genetics at the University of Pretoria in 2005, after obtaining various degrees in Microbiology and Biochemistry at the University of Cape Town in South Africa.
He joined the Agricultural Research Council-Onderstepoort Veterinary (Research) Institute (ARC-OVI) in 1994 as a Research Fellow. In 2006 he was promoted to Senior Researcher and in 2010 to Project Manager for the “Viral-vectored Vaccines” unit in the Vaccines and Diagnostics Development programme.
He has managed projects involving the use of poxviruses, mainly lumpy skin disease virus, as vectors for recombinant vaccines against livestock diseases of veterinary importance, and projects on new molecular-based diagnostic test development.
He is currently co- and Principle Investigator on a number of locally and internationally funded research projects, and is an OIE Reference Laboratory expert on lumpy skin disease and recognised as an expert on Rift Valley fever.