Research Experience

Postdoc experience (The Institut Pasteur)

  • While completing my Marie Skłodowska-Curie Global Fellowship in Nadia Naffakh's Unit at Pasteur I worked on identifying cellular host factors that regulate various characteristics of viral RNA.

Postdoc experience (Duke University)

  • During a postdoc in the Cullen Lab at Duke University I gained virology experience working with Influenza A virus (IAV), Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV-1), Murine Leukaemia Virus (MLV) and Simian Virus 40 (SV40).

  • My research focused on studying RNA modifications, now termed epitranscriptomics, and their role in the viral life cycle.

  • We mapped the location of N6-methyladenosine (m6A), the most prevalent RNA modification of cellular mRNA, on IAV positive and negative sense RNAs. We determined that the presence of m6A on these transcripts was highly beneficial to the virus, and found that introducing synonymous mutations to remove these modification significantly impacted the parthenogenesis of this virus in vivo, in mice.

PhD experience

Lijiang during a conference in China, 2013

Il Duomo during a conference in Milan, 2014