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DrSchat  K.A. Schat, Professor Emeritus, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA.

Karel A. (Ton) Schat received his DVM degree from the University of Utrecht in 1970 and his PhD degree from Cornell University in 1978 under the guidance of Dr. Bruce Calnek. He worked from 1971-1975 in Mexico on Marek’s disease as part of the Dutch Technical Aid Program. To prepare for this position he received training in Marek’s disease virology from Dr. Bart Rispens at the Dutch Central Veterinary Institute. In 1978 he joined the faculty at the College of Veterinary Medicine of Cornell University, where he retired in 2011 as a Professor in Avian Virology and Immunology. He is well known for isolating the SB-1 vaccine strain of Marek’s disease and research on the pathogenesis and immunology of Marek’s disease. In addition he has contributed significant new knowledge of chicken anemia virus, rotaviruses and more recently on Mycoplasma gallisepticum infections in house finches and avian influenza. Ton has published over 172 papers in peer-reviewed journals and more than 35 book chapters. He also served as co-editor of the first and second editions of Avian Immunology. His contributions to avian disease research have been recognized with several awards. In 2010 he was recognized by his peers with a special award for outstanding research in the field of Marek’s disease and he was inducted in the Hall of Honour of the World Veterinary Poultry Association in 2013.