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Professor of Cancer Virology, University of Leeds

I read Natural Sciences at Girton College, University of Cambridge, and then stayed in Cambridge to complete my PhD in the Department of Medicine at Addenbrooke’s Hospital with Prof Andrew Lever. I moved to Leeds in 2001 to work with Professors David Rowlands and Mark Harris as a post-doc researching hepatitis C virus (HCV). I became independent in 2007 and was tenured in 2014 as an Associate Professor of Viral Oncology in the School of Medicine. I have been a member of the Microbiology Society (formerly the Society for General Microbiology) since 1997, and am currently the Chair of Virus Division, having been a member since 2016.

I am co-Chair of the Independent SAGE group. I have featured on various government committees during the COVID crisis, as well as the All Party Parliamentary Group on Coronavirus. I am often engaged with science communication on the pandemic, both independently and via the Science Media Centre and FullFact. Please contact the University of Leeds Press Office for availability.


  • 2014–present
    Associate professor, University of Leeds


  • 2001 
    University of Cambridge, PhD Cantab
  • 1997 
    University of Cambridge, MA(Hons) Cantab, 1st Class

Professional Memberships

  • UK Microbiology Society