The Courtney Group

Queen's University Belfast


My primary research focus is on the post-transcriptional regulation of influenza A RNAs, including both mRNA and vRNA. For the most part, up to this point I have focused on regulation by RNA modifications, but I have recently also begun exploring the protein interactome of IAV RNA and determining how it differs, and why, from the cellular mRNA interactome.


  • I completed my BSc in Biomedical Sciences from Ulster University, UK in 2012.

  • During my degree I spent a placement year at GlaxoSmithKline working in the biopharmaceutical department

  • I then completed my PhD at the Moore Lab at Ulster University, UK focusing on inheritable corneal dystrophies. During my PhD I received a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship, which allowed me to perform research at Aarhus University in Denmark and the Centre for Regenerative Medicine in Modena, Italy

  • I obtained a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Global Fellowship and took up a postdoctoral position in the lab of Bryan Cullen at Duke University, USA to research the role of RNA modifications of RNA viruses

  • I then returned to Europe in 2019 to complete the final 12 months of my fellowship at the Institut Pasteur, France to define the protein interactome of IAV mRNAs in the lab of Nadia Naffakh

  • Currently setting up my lab at Queen's University Belfast, UK with the help of an ERC Starting Grant. Opening April 2021