Institute for Agri-Food Research and Innovation

Staff Profile

Professor Ilias Kyriazakis

Prof of Animal Health & Nutrition




The overall theme of my research is the consequences of animal management on their performance, ability to cope with pathogens and environmental impact. 

Specific research questions include:

1. Prediction of animal responses to their management, including feeding and exposure to pathogens

2. Opportunities to improve nutrient utilisation efficiency in livestock, through genetic selection and management

3. Competition for limiting resources between productive and functional traits in animals

4. The occurrence and significance of pathogen induced anorexia.

5. Mitigation of the environmental impact of livestock systems through management.

I am addressing these questions across animals, both livestock and laboratory. 

For my current research projects please see under ' Research'.  

(links to EU projects, see below)

Feed a Gene

PROHEALTH – Sustainable intensive pig and poultry production.

Esteem Indicators

- The Royal Agricultural Society of England Medal for Research of outstanding merit, which is of proven benefit to Agriculture (2016)

- Leroy Award of the European Federation of Animal Science (EAAP) for International reputation in Animal Science (2014) 

- Adjunct Professor, Animal and Poultry Science Department, University of Guelph, Canada (2013-2016) 

- Fellow of the Hellenic Agricultural Academy (2010)

- Fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (2009)

- Visiting Professor, Institute of Integrative Biology, University of Leeds (2008)

- Adjunct Professor, Animal and Poultry Science Department, University of Guelph, Canada (2008 -2013)

- Honorary Fellow of the Centre for Nutritional Modelling, University of Guelph, Canada (2006) 

- Visiting Professor, Animal and Poultry Science Department, University of Guelph, Canada (2003-08)

- Honorary Research Fellow, Macaulay Research Institute (now James Hutton Institute) (2003)

- Sir John Hammond Award of the British Society of Animal Science (2002)

- The Nutrition Society Silver Medal for Excellence in Nutritional Sciences (1996)

Editorial Board Memberships

Animal Science Review (2002 -2012)

British Journal of Nutrition (2004-2009)

Journal of Animal Science (2012-2016)

Journal of the Hellenic Veterinary Medical Society (2012 - 2014) 

Poultry Science (2012-2018) 

Proceedings of the Nutrition Society (1999-2003)

Sustainability (since 2018)


BBC Radio 4 FM The Nature of Medicine 27 November 2003

DSM May 2014

VIV Europe 2018

VIV Europe 2018

Area of Expertise

Livestock nutrition, Veterinary Science, Environmental Impact, Simulation Modelling

For a full list of my publications please see my Google Scholar Profile



EU FP7: PROHEALTH - Sustainable Pig and Poultry Production

EU H2020: Feed-a-Gene - Adapting the feed, the animal and the feeding techniques to improve the efficiency and sustainability of monogastric livestock production systems

BBSRC / Innovate UK: A Catalyst for Automated Capture and Analysis of Behaviour and Performance Changes in Pigs for Early Detection of Health and Welfare Problems

      BBSRC Impact Acceleration: Towards Automated Behaviour Monitoring in Commercial Farm Settings

Innovate UK / BBSRC: Automated Screening for Pig Pathologies at Abattoir

Innovate UK: Sunshine Egg: Reducing vitamin D deficiency in humans by enriching naturally laid chicken eggs with higher levels of the vitamin via chicken feed

AHDB Pork: Real Welfare

BBSRC Case Studentship: Breeding for resistance or breeding for tolerance to coccidia in broiler chickens? (Industrial sponsor Aviagen) 

BPEX Studentship: Sorting pigs at weaning in order to reduce variability and improve the efficiency of pig production systems

 Integrated parasite control in cattle through the synergism of host genetics and management (Industrial sponsor Merial) 

BBSRC Case Studentship: Incorporating novel behaviour traits in broiler breeder genetic evaluation programmes (Industrial sponsor Aviagen) 

BBSRC/DTP Studentship: Computational behaviour analysis in livestock and its application to disease prediction and prevention

Nutreco Inc: Sustainability indicators for pig production systems (Completed 2016)

BPEX: Ranking of factors influencing feed efficiency in sows and finishing pigs (Completed 2015)

BPEX Studentship: Light Pig Syndrome: What causes it and how it can be overcome (Completed 2014)

DEFRA: Demonstrating the environmental and economic implilcations of reducing Phosphorus excretion in pigs.(Completed 2013)   Further information regarding this project can be found at the links below:

    Reducing phosphorus (P) levels in gestating sow diets

    Reducing phosphorus (P) levels in grower and finisher diets

    Reducing the excretion of Phosphorus from growing and finishing pig systems: Development of a decision support tool (BPEX Studentship - Completed 2015)


Undergraduate Teaching 

ACE2031 Animal Parasitology (ML)

ACE2034 Introduction to Immunology (ML) 

ACE3046 Animal Science Issues

ACE3097 Animal Science Research Project

Postgraduate Teaching

ACE8095 Dissertation for MSc in Applied Animal Behaviour and Welfare