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Investigation of the glycoprotein polymorphisms of cytomegalovirus and their role in disease pathogenesis

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Professor of Medical Virology


2012   Professor of Medical Virology

2005- 2012 Senior Lecturer in Medical Virology

1991-2005 Lecturer in Medical Virology, University of Manchester

1988-1991 Clinical Scientist (Grade B), Department of Haematology, Manchester Royal Infirmary.
1987-1988 Post Doctoral Research Assistant, Department of Virology, University of Sheffield

Research interests

Congenital Viral Infections - particularly Cytomegalovirus and Parvovirus B19

Viral Infections of the Central Nervous system



Programme Director for MSc Medical and Molecular Virology

Unit co-ordinator BIOL 65201 - Introductory Medical and Molecular Virology

Unit co-ordinator BIOL 65221 - Viruses and Disease 2

Unit co-ordinator BIOL 65242 - Research skills in Practice

My collaborations

Clinical Microbiology and Virology Departments at Manchester Royal Infirmary

5D Healthcare Protection Group



Memberships of committees and professional bodies

President of European Society for Clinical Virology (ESCV) (2022 - 2025)

European Congenital Cytomegalovirus Initiative (ECCI) - secretary




Methodological knowledge

cell culture, immunoassay, viral assay, molecular virology;PCR, sequencing, NGS


PhD, University of Sheffield

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Immunosuppressive Activity of Seminal Plasma Components and their role in Potentiating Neoplasia, The University of Sheffield

1 Oct 198430 Sept 1987

Award Date: 1 Oct 1987

External positions

President, European Society for Clinical Virology

1 Nov 202231 Oct 2025

Secretary, European Congenital Cytomegalovirus Initiative (ECCI)

Areas of expertise

  • QR355 Virology
  • virus, congenital, cytomegalovirus, antiviral


  • Virology, congenital infections, cytomegalovirus, respiratory infections, COVID


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