Isabel studied for a BSc in Bio-veterinary science at the University of Lincoln and worked on research projects focusing on avian mannose receptors during her undergraduate degree. Through the course she became particularly interested in animal infectious diseases, virology, and host-pathogen interactions.
Isabel is now undertaking a PhD studying the virulence factors of lumpy skin disease virus at The Pirbright Institute, in collaboration with the Royal Veterinary College and Friedrich Loeffler Institut. She is investigating the methods lumpy skin disease virus employs to inhibit host innate immune responses. Understanding the virulence factors LSDV encodes and their mechanisms of action could lead to improvement in LSDV vaccine design.
- Microbiology society annual conference, April 2019