Team members

A Collaborative & Diverse Group


Yiorgos Vittis

Post Doctoral Reserach Fellow

Yiorgos has a PhD in Agricultural and Food Economics from the University of Reading. Yiorgos has studied the UK beef and sheep farming systems where he applied mathematical, statistical and geographic modelling to enable the sustainable intensification of hill farms. He joined the group in 2018 and will be researching the challenge of sheep lameness through evaluating recently launched precision data collection systems.

Dr. Giuliana Miguel-Pacheco

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Giuliana Miguel-Pacheco is a veterinarian with a MSc in Applied Animal Behaviour and Welfare from the University of Edinburgh, and a PhD in Veterinary Medicine and Science from the University of Nottingham. Giuliana has been working in cattle behaviour and welfare research for the last 6 years and as an independent farm animal welfare consultant for international food companies and international animal welfare NGOs since 2016. She joined us in 2018 and  is providing her expertise on animal behaviour and welfare on various projects. 


Post Doctoral Research Fellow

Mr Jurgen Mitsch

Research Assistant

Jürgen has a M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany. He has experience in Data Analytics in both academic and commercial environments. He is part of ADAC and  contributes to various projects in the team.

Nikki Bollard

Research Technician

Nikki supports the team on various research projects as her role as research Technician within the Veterinary School where she has worked since October 2007.

Eliana graduated as a vet from Portugal in 2013 and worked at the European Food Safety Authority (Parma, Italy) at the Animal Health and Welfare unit in 2015.
In 2016 she joined the team and is working on PhD evidence based decisions for lamb production.

PhD Student


PhD Student

Charlotte graduated with BSc Veterinary Biosciences from the University of Surrey in 2017.  Charlotte started her PhD in 2017, funded by AHDB Beef and Lamb,  to quantify usage patterns and understand perceptions towards antimicrobial use on sheep and beef farms.


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Amy Jackson

Amy Jackson

PhD student

With 25 years in agricultural and industrial communications and a background in practical farming, Amy just embarked on a PhD in 2017 studying consumer perceptions and cultural values around the housing, management and wellbeing of dairy cows.

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Dr. Jorge A Vázquez Diosdado

Post-doc Research Fellow

Jorge has a background in mathematics. He has worked as a post doc since 2013 in Essex and Warwick before joining the the group in 2017. Jorge is working on Y- ware projects related to precision technologies in youngstock where he is applying mathematical, computational and machine learning tools to tackle problems in biotechnology.


Charles Carlslake 

PhD student

Charlie is a graduated vet and started his 4 year PhD funded by BBSRC in 2018. He is working on range of sensor data to predict various behavioural and health outcomes in cattle.