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Michelle West
Professor of Tumour Virology (Biochemistry)
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The research in our laboratory focuses on the molecular mechanisms involved in the regulation of transcription initiation and elongation by viral and cellular factors. Our work specifically focuses on the regulation of cellular and viral gene expression by the nuclear proteins expressed by the cancer-associated virus Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) during latent viral infection. To date our research has homed-in on the mechanism of action of two EBV-encoded transcription factors (EBNA 2 and EBNA 3C) that have been shown to be required for the virus to infect and immortalise its host cell, the B lymphocyte.

Research in our laboratory has received funding from the Wellcome Trust, the Royal Society and the BBSRC.

For further information on our research please see the West Lab webpages

For an up-to-date publications list please click on the link to PubMed