BVSc & AH (DVM), MVSc, PhD
Postdoctoral Immunologist – Vaccine Antigen Processing
Work and Interest
Salik is a postdoctoral immunologist in Prof Dame Sarah Gilbert's group. He undertook his professional studies of Bachelors in Veterinary Sciences and Animal Husbandry (BVSc & AH) and Masters in Veterinary Sciences (MVSc) in microbiology and immunology at SKUAST-Kashmir. Salik then moved to South Korea in 2015 where he pursued his PhD in PRRSV related immunology at College of Veterinary Medicine, Jeonbuk National University.
His research interest is centred around understanding different aspects of basic and applied virology and immunology. During his PhD, his research was focused on developing a genetically stable and broadly cross-protective vaccine platform against Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Virus (PRRSV) and worked to further understand the immunopathogenesis and immunomodulation caused by newly emerging field strains of PRRSV in local and systemic immune systems of hosts. After completing his PhD in 2019, Salik was appointed as a postdoctoral research scientist at the Pirbright Institute where he studied the immune related changes in poultry birds due to immunosuppression caused by infectious bursal disease (IBD) virus and, in-turn, the effect of immunosuppression on the influenza virus infection and evolution.
After completing his project successfully at the Pirbright Institute in 2022, Salik moved to Pandemic Sciences Institute, University of Oxford to work as a postdoctoral immunologist to study the vaccine antigen processing of the viruses of pandemic importance.