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- Senior Lecturer
- Div of Infection & Immunity
- Faculty of Medical Sciences
My PhD studies in the laboratory of Profs. Sinclair and Sissons (University of Cambridge) centred on defining dendritic cells as sites of HCMV reactivation and the contribution chromatin structure made to controlling the transition from latency to reactivation. I continued my post-doctoral training with John Sinclair during which time we characterised the anti-apoptotic function of a virally encoded untranslated RNA, Beta 2.7. I then moved to the US and Novartis Institute for Biomedical Research (Cambridge, MA) on an academic fellowship to work with Prof. Teresa Compton where i pursued my interest in signalling pathways in the context of viral entry into the cellular site of latency.
I then returned to the UK (University of Cambridge) on an MRC CDA Fellowship to investigate the role of cellular signalling pathways in HCMV reactivation and the contribution viral proteins expressed during latency made to this process. I transferred my fellowship to the newly created Institute of Immunity & Transplantation to begin to develop these themes in a more experimental medicine setting and to take up a Senior Lectureship position at UCL.
It is becoming increasingly clear that throughout latency (from establishment to maintenance and, ultimately, reactivation) there is a complex interplay between the virus and the cell. Our own studies are mainly focussed on the events that occur at the point of entry into the cellular site of latency and the mechanisms that trigger reactivation. In both instances, we are interested in the role of cellular signalling and, furthermore, the viral mechanisms that contribute to the successful utilisation of these cellular pathways
Through these studies we hope to further our understanding of the complex interaction between the host and pathogen and,specifically, the intimate relationship persistent viruses have with their host. It is envisaged these studies will also provide the basis for the development of novel therapeutic strategies.
My laboratory hosts undergraduate and graduate students (Masters & PhD students) and welcomes applications from students who wish to undertake their graduate research with us. Similarly, we host and support undergraduate students applying for summer vacation scholarships.
|2005||PhD||Doctor of Philosophy – Molecular Virology||University of Cambridge|
|2000||BSc Hons||Bachelor of Science – Molecular Biology||University of Manchester|