Edinburgh Pathology

Dr Ramya Bhatia

Senior Research Fellow

+44 (0)131 2426005

Scottish Human Papilloma Virus Reference Laboratory (SHPVRL)

Specialist Virology Centre

Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh

Edinburgh BioQuarter

51 Little France Crescent

Edinburgh EH16 4SA

Current Research

The HPV Research Group together with the Scottish HPV Reference Laboratory (Department of Laboratory Medicine, RIE) and the Scottish HPV Investigator's Network (SHINe) aims to undertake research that will help to improve health service provision for the prevention, detection and management of cervical cancer and other HPV related diseases.

Our group has setup and manages the Scottish HPV Archive. The archive is a “collection of collections” and contains residual cervical liquid based cytology (LBC) samples and DNA from the cervical screening programme and other research projects within the SHINe community. The samples are annotated with clinical data obtained from various sources and have ethical approvals for use in research. With regular quality assessments and annotation of samples, we aim to provide researchers with a vital resource to improve the way we detect and manage HPV associated disease. Apart from the Scottish HPV Archive, the research focus of HPV Research Group is evaluation of performance of new and established HPV diagnostic tests and translational research into new biomarkers of HPV related cancers.

If you would like to know more or are interested in accessing our samples for your research, Contact us at hpvarchive@ed.ac.uk.

Group Members

Members Name Role Telephone Email    
Dr Kate Cuschieri  Director of HPV Research Group      +44 (0)131 242 6039  Email Kate Cuschieri
Elia Alcaniz Research Technician +44 (0)131 242 6625 Email Elia Alcaniz
Sharon Moncur Research Technician +44 (0)131 242 6625 Email Sharon Moncur
June Stroud Research Technician +44 (0)131 242 6625 Email June Stroud
Jessica Viti MSc student +44 (0)131 242 6625   Email Jessica Viti


Web Links

Full publication list

Selected Publications

Use of HPV testing for cervical screening in vaccinated women - insights from the SHEVa (Scottish HPV Prevalence in Vaccinated women) study. Bhatia, R., Kavanagh, K., Cubie, H., Serrano, I., Wennington, H., Hopkins, M., Pan, J., Pollock, K. G. J., Palmer, T. & Cuschieri, K. 4 Feb 2016 In : International Journal of Cancer.

HPV Testing in the context of post-treatment follow up (test of cure). Cuschieri, K., Bhatia, R., Cruickshank, M., Hilemanns, P. & Arbyn, M. Mar 2016 In : Journal of Clinical Virology. 76, 1

Impact of partial bivalent HPV vaccination on vaccine-type infection; a population-based analysis. Cuschieri, K., Kavanagh, K., Moore, C., Bhatia, R., Love, J. & Pollock, K. G. J. 26 Apr 2016 In : British Journal of Cancer.

Cervical intraepithelial neoplasia disease progression is associated with increased vaginal microbiome diversity. Mitra, A., MacIntyre, D., Lee, Y., Smith, A., Marchesi, J. R., Lehne, B., Bhatia, R., Lyons, D., Paraskevaidis, E., Holmes, E., Nicholson, J., Bennett, P. R. & Kyrgiou, M. 17 Nov 2015 In : Scientific Reports. 5, p. 16865

YIP1 family member 4 (YIPF4) is a novel cellular binding partner of the papillomavirus E5 proteins. Müller, M., Wasson, C. W., Bhatia, R., Boxall, S., Millan, D., Goh, G. Y. S., Haas, J., Stonehouse, N. J. & Macdonald, A. 3 Aug 2015 In : Scientific Reports. 5,p. 12523