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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, known as arboviruses, 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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September 9, 2020


February 21, 2020

To help explain Steven's recent Science Translation Medicine paper, he decided to explain the significance of the work for a non-technical audience. To do this he co-authored a piece for The Conversation , which disseminates its content to a number of online media outlets.  This was well received and got over 35,000 reads, mostly from internationally-based readers. Job well done Steven! Click on the picture to read the article...

February 12, 2020

Following publication of Steven's paper in Science Translational Medicine we were inundated with media requests for comment. It really means so much that people think our work has the potential to make a real difference. So far Altmetrics ranks the paper in the top 4% of all Science Translational papers published to date (out of c. 4000 papers). For a free download of the paper, click on the publication tab. 

January 22, 2020

Marleen van der Lann, a post-graduated student from the Univeristy of Groningen, started toady in the lab with VHIT. Pictured here with Georgi who is teaching her FACS staining. Marleen is super interested in mosquito-borne viruses and hopes to continue her studies with a PhD in this area one day.  For the next 6 months she will be studying how mosquito-borne factors influence mammalian host susceptibility to arbovirus infecti...

January 22, 2020

Steven has truly excelled himself following publication of his PhD project in the top tier journal, Science Translational Medicine. Steven is also a budding artist and his retro-cool depiction of his paper made the front cover. He has made us all really proud with this fantastic achievement. For a free download of the paper click on the publication tab and follow the link. 

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 ;-) 

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