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Hello and welcome to the Virus Host Interaction Team! (VHIT)

MicroSoc, Edinburgh, 31 March 2020


VHIT's Clive McKimmie is an invited speaker in the session "Viruses that get under your skin – virus infections of skin and associated epithelia".

Would be great to see you there! 

We are a dedicated group of researchers at the University of Leeds that investigate the complex and fascinating interactions that occur between disease-causing viruses and the mammalian host. We have a particular interest in viruses that are spread by arthropods, such as mosquitoes. These viruses are known as ‘arboviruses’ and represent an important class of emerging infections that constitute an increasing threat to human and animal health. Important arboviruses include Dengue virus, Chikungunya virus, West Nile virus and the Zika virus. 

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December 20, 2019

Daniella's work features in the Microbiology Society's podcast MICROTALK.


Anyone who’s been enjoying the sun on a nice summers evening knows the dreaded whine made by mosquitoes on the hunt for a meal. In recent years mosquitoes have been appearing in the news more and more due outbreaks of diseases such as dengue and Zika. As if getting b...

December 5, 2019

At this years British Society of Immunology (BSI) annual congress, we were fortunate to have a really engaging selection of speakers talking about leucocyte trafficking, with a focus on responses to infection.  Thanks to all the speakers, you were truly inspirational and feedback has been really positive; Louise Johnson, Doug Dyer, Amanda McFarlane, Wolfgang Kastenmuller, and Ronen Allon. Also, thanks to Gill Wilson (Glasgow)...

November 27, 2019

Daniella has made a fantastic contribution to the life of VHIT over past three years. Her work has helped transform our understanding of how mosquito saliva modulates host mammalian responses to infection. She will be greatly missed as she starts a new adventure at the MRC-Centre for Virus Research.

Seen here with proud supervisor Clive at Daniella's viva celebrate meal. Thanks to Esther Schnettler (Bernard Nocht Institute for...

October 28, 2019

This is a great chance to combine virology + immunology to discover how arboviruses cause disease. Click on the picture for more details and to apply. But please do get in touch if you any queries or just fancy a chat about the project 😀 

October 18, 2019

Daniella has spent three amazing years as a PhD student at VHIT. On Saturday we all got together at group leader Clive's house, shared some food and drinks and had great time! Daniella has done some truly amazing work, researching how factors in mosquito saliva modulate mammalian host susceptibility to arbovirus infection. Look out for her super cool publication in the coming months ;-) 

September 12, 2019

So happy to see our PhD student Daniella present her work with such eloquence at The Young microbiologist of the year award. Standards were very high and it was great to see such emerging talent in UK microbiology research. 

Daniella Lefteri had been nominated to represent the Microbiology Society Virus Division at the final of the Microbiology Society Howard Dalton Young Microbiologist of the year award. This highly prest...

May 20, 2019

VHIT attended the 17th UK Hepacivirus and Flavivirus Meeting in the beautiful Lake District this weekend. This small meeting provided a great chance to discuss work in an informal setting with leading virologists and associated experts, including Prof Eva Harris from Berkeley, who was the keynote speaker. We all had the chance to discover the beautiful countryside of the Lakes on the Saturday afternoon and stay up late in the...

January 15, 2019

Proud supervisor of first PhD student @BrevenStyden who aced his viva just before christmas! Thanks to @cjohansson_lab and @bbrennan83 for examining; and @MariekePingen @DaniellaAnL1 and our collaborators who helped make it happen.

September 21, 2018

So proud to hear that, on his first major international conference (American Society of Virology 2018), our PhD student Steven Bryden was awarded the Joel M. Dalrymple Memorial award for his talk! So cool! According to ASV, the recipients of this award have demonstrated great promise for research by the clear and concise presentation of original data.

Well done Steven, you were totally fabulous. asv.org/dalrymple/

July 11, 2018


MicroRNAs are important regulators of gene expression. We how here that one such microRNA, mir-146, regulates the expression of the atypical chemokine receptor 2 (ACKR2). ACKR2 is a pivotal regulatory of the inflammatory responses and its dysregulation has been implicated in a number of inflammatory diseases such as psoriasis. Psoriasis lesions often develop at sites of trauma or mecha...

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