Staff profile

Romain  Paillot

Dr Romain Paillot



Senior Lecturer in Equine


As a Principal Investigator, my main research focused on immunity and respiratory pathogens (mainly in equids, but also in other veterinary species). My work aimed to improve our understanding of immunity induced by the pathogens during infection and by vaccination and to elucidate specific mechanisms used by pathogens to evade or deregulate the immune response. I have been strongly involved with veterinary vaccine manufacturers, as Study Investigator, in the evaluation of equine vaccines. I have also trained and mentored numerous undergraduate and post-graduate students, and provided University lectures in biological sciences, such as immunology, infectiology and vaccinology. I am now a Senior Lecturer at Writtle University College, which allows me to share my passion for veterinary sciences with the next generation of research associates and scientists.


Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches (HDR, Higher Doctorat/Habilitation equivalent), Caen (FR)
Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act, 1986. Home Office Personal Project Licence
Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act, 1986. Modules 1, 2 and 3 (horse), and 5
PhD, Immunology, Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes (EPHE); Paris (FR)
Diplôme EPHE (MSc equivalent), Immunology, EPHE; Paris (FR)
Certificate of Histotechnology & Electron Microscopy, Lyon (FR)
BTEC Higher National Diploma in Biotechnology (BTS Biotechnologie), Cannes (FR)
BTEC National Diploma in Biochemistry (Bac. Tech. F7 Biochimie), Cannes (FR)


My research career began in 1995 in the field of transplantation Immunology. I studied the immunosuppressive drug methotrexate and described a new mechanism of action. From 1998 to 2004, I worked in the Discovery Research Department for a Veterinary Vaccine Manufacturer to develop new immunological assays in several veterinary species. In 2004, I moved to the Animal Health Trust to start a PhD on cell mediated immunity induced by EIV and EHV-1. I held the position of Immunology Team Leader in the department of infectious diseases at the AHT from 2007 to 2012. My work focused on immunity and protection induced by several modern equine vaccines. Several superantigens produced by Streptococcus equi and Streptococcus zooepidemicus were identified and investigated. As Head of Immunology, I managed my own research group as well as being strongly involved with all European Veterinary Vaccine Manufacturers for the evaluation, characterisation and/or registration of equine influenza vaccines and other equine pathogens. I took part in a reference serum project, as Project Leader, for the European Directorate for Quality of Medicine and Healthcare (EDQM). I have been part of the Animal Health Trust Ethical Committee for 5 years. In 2016, I was awarded a French Habilitation to Direct Research (HDR, Higher Doctorate/Habilitation equivalent) from Normandy University. From 2018 to 2020, I was in charge of the Equine Health research at LABÉO (Research Division) where I took part in the equine infectious disease surveillance in France and Europe. I am a member of the International Committee for the organisation of the 11th International Equine Infectious Diseases Virtual conference (September 2021). Since October 2020, I am a Senior Lecturer in Equine at Writtle University College (UK).