Dr Christine Tait-Burkard

Tenure Track Fellow/Research Fellow


Christine Tait- Burkard is a group leader at The Roslin Institute/University of Edinburgh and an expert on coronaviruses and arteriviruses. She holds a BSc and MSc in Biology, Major Biochemistry, from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, ETH, Zurich, Switzerland and a PhD in Virology from Utrecht University, the Netherlands. 


Virology, Doctor of Science, Utrecht University, The Netherlands, 2015

Biology, Master in Science, Major Biochemistry, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich, Switzerland, 2009

Biology, Bachelor in Science, Major Chemistry, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich, Switzerland, 2008

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Current PhD students supervised

Primary supervisor

  • James Owen

  • Holly Kerr

  • Izzy Hoskins

Second supervisor

  • Alison Daniels

  • Susi Keane

  • Alexandra Florea

  • Vera van Vliet (University of Leiden joint student)

Past PhD students supervised

  • Elle McLuskey

Research summary

Her research focuses on understanding how porcine and zoonotic viruses interact with their hosts and how this understanding can be used to identify genetic susceptibility/resistance and develop diagnostics and treatments. Braving the split between human and animal viruses and technologies Christine is, for example, involved in the generation of genome edited pigs resistant towards one of the most costly pig viruses but also part of the IMI CARE consortium aiming to identify and repurpose drugs against SARS-CoV-2 infection causing COVID-19.

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