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Current Team

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Dr Matthew Reeves
Principal Investigator
Associate Professor of Molecular Virology

Matthew trained with Profs. John Sinclair and Patrick Sissons at the University of Cambridge before leaving for the States on a Presidential Fellowship to work with Prof. Teresa Compton at Novartis in Cambridge, MA. He returned to the UK and Cambridge with the support of a prestigious MRC Career Development Fellowship and subsequently transferred that to UCL in 2013 where he established his laboratory in the CMV research group based in Institute of Immunity & Transplantation. Although his consistent focus has been the molecular basis of HCMV latency and reactivation he remains interested how the virus manipulates the host cell in all phases of infection and why our immune system controls but does not sterilise HCMV infections.

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Dr Matthew Murray
Post Doctoral Researcher

Matt graduated from Gonville & Caius College, University of Cambridge in 2013 with a BA and MSci in Natural Sciences, with his studies focusing on Pathology and Systems Biology. He then worked with Professor Mark Lowdell at UCL on regenerative medicine and immunotherapy projects, before starting his PhD on the MRC Bench to Bedside programme, also at UCL. Following placements with Professor Lucy Walker and Dr Mahdad Noursadeghi, he joined the Reeves lab where he completed his PhD investigating the possible role of ion channels in HCMV infection, which developed into investigation of the complex cell entry process of HCMV. 

For his Post-doctoral work Matt has switched focus to dissecting the regulation of HCMV reactivation by src family kinase signalling

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Megan McIntosh
Research Techician

Megan graduated with a BSc in Applied Biomedical Science (2013) from the University of the West of England, during a sandwich year she completed HCPC Biomedical Training. This developed her curiosity for analytical techniques in biomedicine which motivated her to take on the position of Technician at St Mary's Core Flow Cytometry Facility, Imperial College London. From here Megan's interest in infection & immunity deepened which moved her to take a Research Technician role with the National Heart & Lung Institute researching COPD and the role of macrophages. Megan has recently joined the CMV group and the Reeves lab as a Research Technician on the CMV in transplant natural history study, this has introduced her to the world of Virology and particularly sparked her interest in how HCMV masterfully evades the immune system.

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Dr Claire Atkinson
Project Manager

Claire is the Project Manager on the Wellcome Trust Collaborative Grant. Claire has expertise in diagnostic virology which she honed through many years service to the NHS. Claire maintained her interests in the application of this knowledge to research and was awarded her PhD by UCL for her studies under the guidance of Paul Griffiths.

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Dr Calum Forrest
Post Doctoral Researcher

Calum trained in Birmingham with Alan Rickinson FRS where he studied the breadth of the immune response to EBV antigens obtaining his PhD in 2016. Calum then joined the Institute and the laboratory of Ron Chakraverty to work on lentiviral delivery systems in cancer for a year. After a brief hiatus at Imperial he rejoined the Institute and our lab where he will work on the role of innate and adaptive immune responses in the control of HCMV infection following organ transplant. Calum is also in charge of the lab tyre collection.

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Dr Ariane Cruz Gomes
Post Doctoral Researcher

Ariane originally hails from Brazil and on her way to London via Oxford had a brief hiatus as an intern student at Stanford, CA, USA.

Ariane obtained her D.Phil from Oxford in the immune response to virus like particles in the context of vaccination which she completed in between time spent rowing at ungodly hours!

Ariane joins us to continue our efforts to understand the mechanistic basis of protection afforded by the HCMV vaccine

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Dr Stephanie Chong
Clinical PhD student

Stephanie is a Specialist Registrar in Nephrology who is interested in viral factors that promote Kidney disease and graft rejection in transplant patients.

Stephanie was also a Clinical Lecturer during which time she generated the pilot data for her successful PhD Studentship application. Stephanie will be supported by the Royal Free Charity to investigate the role of BK polyoma virus in kidney disease. This is an exciting collaboration between ourselves and the Division of Renal Medicine and seeks to shed new light on an increasingly important medical problem.

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Rebecca Mason
PhD student

Becky is a full on UCL graduate after studying for a Biochemstry BSc and then an MSc in Infection & Immunity. Becky originally was an MSc project student in the lab studying the mechanisms of viral gene regulation during lytic infection.

Becky has been awarded a Royal Free Charity bursary to study for a PhD investigating the molecular control of viral gene expression during latency and reactivation. 

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Ines Hofer
BBSRC LiDO PhD Rotation student

Ines joins the lab for a 3 month rotation in a collaborative project with Radu Zabet at QMUL. Ines hails from Austria and joins the lab with a background in forensic science.

 

She will be working on a project that combines bioinformatics, systems biology approaches to the study of chromatin conformation and virology to understand the fundamental principles governing haematopoietic cell fate and how a virus may help understand this.

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Oliver Thomas
MRC PhD Rotation student

Oliver joins us for 3 months of HCMV latency from the MRC funded 4 year Birkbeck DTP. Oliver trained as a Biochemist at UCL and fancied something a bit different to structural biology for a bit.

Oliver will be investigating the role of host miRNAs that are modulated by HCMV during the very early stages of viral infection to understand their potential contribution to the host:pathogen interaction during the establishment of viral latency.

Rumour has it he prefers Rugby to football....

New Students 2021
      MSc Infection & Immunity
      Callum Angus
      Rahinat Muhammad
New Students 2020
iBSc/BSc Infection & Immunity
James Dawa
Life Sciences
Yivon Ng
Zhao Rong Tang (Y2 Dissertation)