Department: Comparative Biomedical Sciences

Campus: Camden

Research Groups: Pedagogy, Host-Pathogen Interactions and Vaccinology, IRLFS (Research Programme)

Renato is a Lecturer in Comparative Anatomy & Physiology based on Camden Campus. He delivers lectures in veterinary anatomy, histology, physiology and related subjects 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 initiated his studies in Veterinary Medicine at the Universidade Federal de Lavras (BVetMed) and concluded it at the Universidade de Évora (MVetMed), 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 first place for the best international PhD candidate 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 (PGCertVetEd) awarded by the Royal Veterinary College. 

Renato is fluent in five major European languagues, including English, German and Spanish. He is an active Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (MRCVS), Active Member of the European Association of Veterinary Anatomists (MEAVA), Full Member of the Anatomical Society, and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). 

Renato has a genuine interest in veterinary anatomy, physiology, cell biology and pedagogy. His main research topics involve cellular biology, cellular senescence, telomeres and telomerases, virology, ageing and cancer development.

In the field of veterinary education, his research includes the development of new forms of assessment and integrating 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 BVetMed and BSc students. 

Previdelli, R. L., “Novel Insights on Viral Factors Involved in the Marek’s Disease Virus’ Life Cycle” (PhD dissertation), 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.

Faria, P.B., Lopes, M.A., Bruhn, F.R.P., Melado, F.M.C., Franco, Neto A., Rocha, C.M.B.M., Junqueira, L.V., Previdelli, R.L. Socioeconomic factors associated with the perception and attitude of consumers toward traced meat in Contagem, Minas Gerais, Brazil. ALPA, vol. 23, no. 1, 2014.

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. 

Barcante, J.M.P., Lima, W.S., Garcia, M.H., Ribeiro, V.M., Barcante, T.A., Previdelli, R.L. Diagnosis of canine angiostrongylosis using bronchoalveolar lavage. Ars Veterinaria & I International Symposium on Preventive Veterinary Medicine. Jaboticabal, Brazil 2013.

Barbosa, F.O., Previdelli, R.L., Uchôa, A.S., Prezotto, C.F., Peconick, A.P. Mycoplasmosis in quails. V International Symposium and IV Brazilian Congress on Quail Production. Lavras, Brazil, 2013.

Previdelli, R.L., Uchôa, A.S., Barbosa, F.O., Prezotto, C.F., Bruhn, F.R.P., Melado, F.M.C., Peconick, A.P. A theoretical approach to Marek’s disease virus in quails. V International Symposium and IV Brazilian Congress on Quail Production. Lavras, Brazil, 2013.

Uchôa, A.S., Barbosa, F.O., Previdelli, R.L., Prezotto, C.F., Pereira, A.N.J., Peconick, A.P. Effects of protein and energy levels on quail production. V International Symposium and IV Brazilian Congress on Quail Production. Lavras, Brazil, 2013.

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.

Rodrigues, B.A., Torres, L.C., Barreto Filho,J.B., Ferraz, M.V.C., Previdelli, R.L., Silva, T.F.. Dairy cattle viral reproductive diseases in the Southeast region of Brazil. 8th International Ruminant Reproduction Symposium. Reproduction, Fertility and Development. Anchorage, Alaska, 2010.

Renato delivers lectures and practical sessions in comparative veterinary anatomy and physiology and related subjects to 1st year 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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