Department: Comparative Biomedical Sciences

Campus: Camden

Research Groups: Pedagogy, CPCS (Research Programme)

Renato is a Lecturer in Comparative Anatomy & Physiology based on Camden Campus. He delivers lectures in veterinary anatomy, histology, physiology and pre-clinical sciences to students enrolled in the BVetMed, Graduate (Accelerated) BVetMed, (GAB) Gateway and BSc Biological and Bioveterinary Sciences programmes. He is also tutor for years 1 and 2 students of the respective courses.

Renato is a veterinary surgeon and researcher with a passion for science, animals and people. He concluded his studies in Veterinary Medicine at the Universidade de Évora, Portugal, in an integrated masters format.

He was awarded a PhD in Biomedical Sciences from the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany, where he investigated the molecular factors involved in herpesvirus lytic replication, latency and integration into the hosts' chromosomes. During his PhD, Renato's skills, focus and dedication to the world of academia have been recognised by the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD), where he was awarded the first place prize among the international PhD students in the Department of Veterinary Medicine at the Freie Universität Berlin.

Following the completion of his PhD activities, Renato worked as a lecturer at Writtle University College, UK. Concomitantly, he accomplished his Postgraduate Certificate in Veterinary Education awarded by the Royal Veterinary College. 

In 2021, Renato and the RVC Anatomy Team were awarded the Inaugural Education Innovation Award by the Anatomical Society for the work entitled 'The Canine Wiki Abdomen Dissection' - an innovative and collaborative tool to promote the learning of practical veterinary anatomy amid the Covid-19 and pandemic restrictions.

Renato is fluent in five major European languages, including English, German and Spanish. He is an active Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, Full Member of the Anatomical Society, and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy 

Renato has a genuine interest in veterinary anatomy, physiology, cell biology and pedagogy. His main life-science related research topic interests involve cellular biology, gastroenterology, telomeres and telomerase, ageing and cancer development.

In the field of veterinary and anatomy education, his research includes the development of new forms of assessment and integration of different areas of the academic curricula. In addition to that, Renato has ongoing projects focused on the use and development of 3D and Virtual Reality as innovative teaching and learning materials to facilitate the knowledge transmission of comparative anatomy & physiology for undergraduate and postgraduate students.

You, Y., Vychodil, T., Aimola, G., Previdelli, R.L., Göbel, T.W., Bertzbach, L.D., Kaufer, B.B. A Cell Culture System to Investigate Marek's Disease Virus Integration into Host Chromosomes. Microorganisms, vol. 9, no. 12, 2021.

Previdelli, R. L., Boardman, E., Frean, S., Channon, S. “The Canine Abdomen Wiki Dissection as a novel group activity for learning veterinary anatomy”. In: Anatomical Society Summer meeting. 2021, Glasgow and Virtual: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

Previdelli, R. L., Boardman, E., Frean, S., Channon, S. "A collaborative sequential dissection and associated wiki creation aid student learning of veterinary anatomy." In: VetEd 2021, Short Communication, University of Surrey, UK

Previdelli, R. L., “Novel Insights on Viral Factors Involved in the Marek’s Disease Virus’ Life Cycle”. Ed. 4147, Germany: Freie Universität Berlin, 2019.

Previdelli, R.L., Bertzbach, L.D., Wight, D.J., Vychodil, T., You, Y., Arndt, S., Kaufer, B.B.. The Role of Marek's Disease Virus UL12 and UL29 in DNA Recombination and the Virus Lifecycle. Viruses, vol. 11, no. 2, 2019.

Kheimar, A., Previdelli, R.L., Wight, D.J., Kaufer, B.B. Telomeres and Telomerase: Role in Marek's Disease Virus Pathogenesis, Integration and Tumorigenesis. Viruses, vol. 9, no. 7, 2017.

Previdelli, R.L., Wight, D.J., Arndt, S.A., Weller, S., Kaufer, B.B. Role of pUL12 and ICP8 in Marek’s disease virus replication and integration. 42nd International Herpesvirus Workshop. Ghent, Belgium, 2017.

Previdelli, R.L., Bertzbach, L.D., Faflíkova, T., Kaufer, B.B. Role of virus replication in Marek’s disease virus integration. 11th International Symposium on Marek’s disease and Avian Herpesvirus. Tours, France, 2016. 

Ferraz, M.V.C., Macedo, R.S., Barreto Filho, J.B., Silva, T.F., Braga Junior, R.A., Rabelo, G.F., Previdelli, R.L. In vitro fertility estimates using sperm kinetics variables and conception rates in beef heifers. 36th Annual Conference of the IETS & 23rd Annual Meeting of The SBTE. Reproduction, Fertility and Development. Córdoba, Argentina, 2010.

Renato delivers lectures and practical sessions in comparative veterinary anatomy and physiology and related subjects to 1st and 2nd years BVetMed, GAB and BSc students. He completed his Postgraduate Certificate in Veterinary Education training awarded by the Royal Veterinary College in 2019 and since then he became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

As a veterinary surgeon, Renato worked mainly with small and large animals in mixed practices around the world. He also performed veterinary volunteer service in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, contributing to the advancement of local animals’ health. 

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