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Yon - Researcher - Nottingham, England, UK

Lisa Yon

Nottingham, England, UK



  • Full time
  • Part time
  • One time
  • Contract
  • Temp


Wildlife behaviour, biology, endocrinology, welfare

Work History

Principal Investigator

From December 2013

April 2015)
"Developing Behavioural Indicators, as part of a Wider Set of Indicators, to Assess the Welfare of Elephants in UK Zoos"


Zoological Society

From March 2013


Health and Welfare Committee, Twycross Zoo


PhD student Laura Bennett

Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpes Virus

From October 2012

September 2016)
Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpes Virus 1: Pathogenesis and Molecular Biology

PhD student Choong Siew Shean

Comparative Adipose Tissue Transcriptomics

From October 2012

September 2015)
Comparative Adipose Tissue Transcriptomics: Links with Reproduction

PhD student Wong Ee Phin

From April 2012

March 2015)
Assessing the impact of environmental disturbance on wild elephant populations in Peninsular Malaysia

Member & Behaviour Subgroup Leader

Discretionary Funds Ad Hoc Committee, Wildlife Disease Association

From December 2011

Elephant Welfare Group (UK government advisory committee on captive elephant welfare in the UK)



Wildlife Health Specialist Group

Journal Reviewer

Journal of Integrative Zoology

Professor Michelo Syakalima

Commonwealth Commission Fellowship Recipient

September 2011 - March 2012

Use of DNA barcoding as a tool for forensic species identification of common wildlife species in Zambia

Post doctoral scientist

September 2011 - November 2012

The role of the adrenal gland in reproduction in the African elephant (Loxodonta africana)

Wellcome Trust Vacation Scholarship student Carl Regan

Molecular characterisation of Entamoeba species in non-human primate populations

Board Member and Secretary

European Wildlife Disease Association

From September 2010

Journal Reviewer

European Journal of Wildlife Research

PhD student Tim Giles

Role of Urban Rodents in Transmission of Zoonotic Disease

PhD student Jonas Malstem

Reproduction and Reproductive Diseases in Moose in Sweden

MRes student James Taylor

October 2010 - August 2011

Adipose tissue in the African elephant: Impact of age and gender upon adipose tissue lipid profile, key hormone, enzyme and transcriptional regulator expression and progenitor markers in a unique elephant cohort.

General Biology for Nonscience Majors, BIS

University of Califorina, Davis

Co-Investigator & member of Coordinator's Management Group [CMG]

European Union

May 2009 - December 2013

funded project, "Novel Technologies for Surveillance of Emerging and Re-emerging Infections of Wildlife"

Research Liaison

Twycross Zoo

From August 2007

Atherstone, United Kingdom


Zoo and Wildlife Medicine

University of Nottingham School of Veterinary Medicine, United Kingdom

Journal Reviewer

General and Comparative Endocrinology

Project Supervisor

January 2003 - August 2003

On-site supervisor for veterinary honors student from U. Melbourne conducting elephant research in Thailand


Principal Investigator

UC Davis, Physiology Graduate Group

October 2001 - March 2006

Dissertation research project (UC Davis, Physiology Graduate Group) conducted at Ayutthaya Elephant Palace and Royal Kraal, Ayutthaya, Thailand
Investigation of the adrenal contribution to musth in the Asian bull elephant (Elephas maximus)

Teaching Assistant

Dept. Neurobiology Physiology and Behavior

January 2001 - March 2001

Introduction to Systems Physiology, NPB 101
University of California, Davis

Guest Lecturer

Dept. Neurobiology Physiology and Behavior

April 2001 - May 2001


Research Project at UC Davis and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

October 2000 - April 2004

Use of Accelerator Mass Spectrometry to validate fecal hormone assays in an elephant


Veterinary Graduate Academic Fellow

Dept. Anatomy

April 2000 - June 2000

Physiology & Cell Biology
UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine
• Served as teaching assistant for first year veterinary laboratories in physiology and anatomy, assisting groups of students during labs

Qualifications & Certifications


University of Nottingham

University of California

Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine


University of Toronto

Higher Education

Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons

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