STUART MATHER (Writer, Collaborator)
In 2012, I graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry and Biology from Keele University and since then, I’ve been studying for a PhD within the Viral Pseudotype Unit, based at the University of Kent’s Medway School of Pharmacy. Here, we produce replication-deficient, hybrid virus particles called pseudotypes, which mimic wild-type mechanisms of target cell entry and transduction, but can be handled at much lower biosafety than their infectious counterparts. This way, we can safely perform serological assays to assess neutralising antibody levels in vaccinated or naturally infected individuals. I find it really rewarding to communicate information about my research and the wider scientific area, whether that be through publishing, giving talks or presenting posters, and blogging is another fantastic way to accomplish this, while reaching out to a more general audience. In my spare time, I enjoy playing tennis, cooking and baking, watching films, going to live music gigs, and learning to speak Italian.
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