Pat Nuttall is Emeritus Professor of Arbovirology in the Zoology Department, University of Oxford, and Supernumerary Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford. Current research interests are in viruses transmitted by ticks, and how tick saliva promotes virus transmission. Prior to re-joining the University of Oxford in 2013, she was employed by the UK’s Natural Environment Research Council, becoming Director of the Institute of Virology & Environmental Microbiology in 1995 and Director of the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology in 2001. Her research resulted in the first NERC spin out company, Evolutec Ltd. She created Wolfson Innovate to promote college entrepreneurism, now expanded to Oxford University’s All-Innovate venture. Distinctions include: Ivanovsky Medal for Virology, Russian Academy of Sciences; Order of the British Empire for services to environmental sciences; LeConte Scholar, Georgia Southern University, USA; Honorary Professor, Nankia University, China; Chevalier dans l’ordre du Mérite Agricole, France; Harry Hoogstraal award, American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene.