Philippa is studying for a PhD focusing on the evolution of Rift Valley Fever Virus, a collaborative project between The Pirbright Institute and the University of Surrey. In this research she aims to understand the variability of the RVFV genome as a means of predicting the emergence of viral variants.
Philippa graduated with a BSc in Biology from the University of Bristol. During her undergraduate studies she developed skills in molecular biology working on a project in a fungal genetics laboratory. Her keen interest in virology led her to work for the National Collection of Pathogenic Viruses at Public Health England where she cultivated and authenticated a broad range of viruses at containment levels 2 and 3. Philippa graduated from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine with an MSc in Medical Microbiology specialising in virology where she focused the practical element of her studies on understanding the role of food handlers in the transmission of norovirus.
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