After completing my BSc degree in Virology at the University of Edinburgh I successfully studied for a PhD in Molecular Virology from the University of Cambridge. Within the Department of Medicine my research concentrated on factors that control human cytomegalovirus gene expression. Following this I was able to secure funding to undertake research in Uganda for 18 months at the Medical Research Council/Uganda Virus Research Institute Research Unit on AIDS. These studies included investigating the role various co-infections and cytokines play in HIV disease progression. Prior to my appointment as a Lecturer, and subsequent promotion to Senior Lecturer, in Medical Microbiology at the University of Westminster I was a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at University College London. During this time I undertook studies to further our understanding of highly pathogenic viruses such as rabies/lyssaviruses, HIV and Ebolaviruses. Within the Faculty of Science and Technology I will continue my research studies into the epidemiology and antigenicity of (re-)emerging viral zoonoses, using the results to aid development of novel methods for their control.