Dr Zhangrui Cheng received his BSc and MSc in veterinary medicine in Hunan Agricultural University and Beijing Agricultural Universities, respectively, and PhD in veterinary pharmacology and therapeutics in Glasgow University, UK. He joined Royal Veterinary College (RVC), University of London as a postdoctoral research assistant in 1997. He is now a research fellow employed on permanent basis in RVC. His research interests include reproductive physiology and infection, bioinformatics and antimicrobial pharmacology. He has published over 80 papers in the peer-reviewed journals, including 8 recent publications about effect of BVDV infection on reproductive function.