Based at The Pirbright Institute
I graduated from Sparsholt College with a BSc (Hons) in Animal Management. I went on to obtain my MSc in Wildlife Management and Conservation from the University of Reading. After graduating I worked as a Research Assistant in the Non-Vesicular Reference laboratory at The Pirbright Institute involved in disease surveillance in the UK and abroad predominantly for Bluetongue and African Horse Sickness Virus. I started my PhD in 2014 and am based at The Pirbright Institute.
PhD Veterinary Medicine and Science
School Research Theme:
Animal Infection and Immunity
Antigenic relationships, diagnostic assays and structural studies of BTV outer capsid protein VP2 serotype 1 to 26
Summary of Research: My research is focused on developing type-specific serological diagnostics assays using the outer capsid protein of Bluetongue virus - VP2 that is responsible for eliciting neutralising antibodies. Through the use of a novel tobacco plant expression system, purified VP2 will be used to develop competition based ELISA’s and multiplex assays using Luminex technology. In addition, cross-reactivity between serotypes/topotypes will be investigated and structural studies performed to identify key epitopes involved in virus neutralisation.
University of Nottingham: Dr Janet Daly, Prof. David Haig
The Pirbright Institute: Prof. Peter Mertens, Dr Carrie Batten, Dr Kyriaki Nomikou, Dr Fauziah Mohd-Jafaar
Primary Funding Source:
• Batten C, Darpel K, Henstock M, Fay P, Veronesi E, et al. (2014) Evidence of Bluetongue Virus Serotype 26 through Direct Contact. PLoS ONE 9(5): e96049.