My main research interest is how cells of the immune system react to viral infections and how, in turn, the virus interacts with immune cells. Exploring the host-pathogen interaction is integral to understanding why some people become very sick when they are infected with viruses, such as influenza and SARS-CoV-2.
As a Co-Investigator on the GenOMICC study I’m interested in how changes to DNA in the host can influence the interaction between them and the pathogen.
I use transcriptomics (a process to read instructions a cell makes) to find out how a cell responds to a virus. I’m interested in how these instructions change during infection, and how that relates to the severity of the illness experienced by the host (the person infected).
You can read about the work of the Baillie Lab here!