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Postdoctoral fellow, Mercer Lab

m.huttunen@ucl.ac.uk 

Europe PMC | PubMed  

Research Synopsis

Mercer Lab studies Vaccinia Virus, a member of the Poxviridae family. Vaccinia virus is the active constituent of the vaccine that eradicated smallpox, and today we are using Vaccinia to study host cell biology. During its life cycle Vaccinia produces two infectious forms of viral particles, Mature Virions (MVs) and Enveloped Virions (EVs). MVs have one lipid bilayer surrounding their core, whereas EVs are wrapped with an additional cell-derived membrane. My project is to find out what are the cellular factors needed in this wrapping process.

Biography

2014 | PhD (University of Jyväskylä)
2011 | Master of Science (University of Jyväskylä)
2009 | Bachelor of Science (University of Jyväskylä)
 

Awards

2017 | Young Virologist Award, Finnish Foundation for Research on Viral Diseases
2015 | Foundations Post Doc Pool Fellowship

 

Funders

Medical Research Council

Research Themes

Membrane trafficking, Viral pathogens

Technology

Light microscopy, Electron microscopy, Super-resolution microscopy, High throughput screening