Infection Medicine

Nelly Mak

I am interested in whether allelic variations in IFITMs contribute to species-specific barriers which govern zoonotic virus transmission, such as the spillover of coronaviruses from bats to human.

Miss Nelly Mak

PhD Student - Sloan Group

  • Infection Medicine
  • Deanery of Biomedical Sciences
  • Edinburgh Medical School

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Personal Profile

I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Cell and Systems Biology from the University of Oxford with First Class Honours. My dissertation project was on Leishmania motility mutants where I generated and characterised knockout cells. I am now a PhD student in Dr. Richard Sloan’s lab, funded by the University of Edinburgh and University of Leiden Joint Scholarship PhD Programme in Integrated One Health Solutions.

Research

Interferon-induced host restriction factors such as IFITM proteins restrict a wide range of viral infections. My research aims to characterise and understand how inter-species allelic variations of IFITMs influence their antiviral activity. I am interested in whether these variations contribute to species-specific barriers which govern zoonotic virus transmission, such as the spillover of coronaviruses from bats to human.