Professor Paul Digard

Chair of Virology


2006-2011 Honorary Researcher, Cambridge University Hospitals Trust
2005-2011 Senior Lecturer
2004-2005 University Lecturer

Senior Research Associate, Funded by Wellcome Trust Value in People award


Royal Society University Research Fellow


Research Associate, Division of Virology, Department of Pathology, University of Cambridge


Fellow, Department of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, Harvard Medical School


1982-1985 St John's College, University of Cambridge, U.K. M.A.(2i.) in Natural Science

1985-1989 Division of Virology, Department of Pathology, University of Cambridge. Ph.D. in virology

Responsibilities & affiliations

PhD Student Thesis Committees


2012-presentChair: Charles Vander Broek2012-2014Advisor: Seema Jasim2012-presentChair: Dung Nguyen2012-presentAdvisor: Alexander Brown2013-present

Advisor: Andrew Mason

Other Committees etc

2012-2013 Promotions Committee, The Pirbright Institute

2012-2014 Roslin Institute, Biological Safety Committee

2012-2014 Roslin Institute Senior Management Group

2014 Acting Head of Division, Infection and Immunity

2014-Roslin Institute Bioimaging Committee

Undergraduate teaching


1997-presentVirology option of Pathology Part II, University of Cambridge

2000-Virology MSc. course, London School of Hygiene and                                            Tropical Medicine. 2000-2005 Virology module, The Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon,                                           Portugal. 2003-2011 Wellcome Trust 4 yr PhD program: Infection and Immunity 2005-2012 Part IB Pathology, University of Cambridge 2012-presentOne Health/Animal Biosciences MSc, University of Edinburgh 2012-presentInfectious Diseases, BSc Honours, University of Edinbugh

Practical Classes:

1985-1988 Virology practical, Pathology IB, University of Cambridge

1993-2011 Virology practical, Pathology IB, University of Cambridge.  Class organiser, 2006-2011.  Class of 500 students.1993-1999Virology practical, Pathology II, University of Cambridge.  Class of 20 students.

2000 Virology module, The Gulkenkian Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal.  Class of 12 students

Research Projects

1993-2011 Pathology Part II final year research projects, University of Cambridge

2001 Biomedical Sciences BSc course, Anglia Polytechnic University

2015 Infectious Diseases (Honours) final year research project, University of Edinburgh

Small Group Teaching

1986-1989, 2001-2013

Virology & parasitology supervisions, Pathology IB, University of Cambridge1993-2011 Virology supervisions, Pathology II, University of Cambridge

2004-2011 Virology Part II data handling sessions and paper presentations, University of Cambridge

2004 Part IB Infectious Diseases in Animals & Man, University of Cambridge

2013-present 1st year BVM&S (Vet Med), The Animal Body 2, University of Edinburgh

Research summary

Replication and pathogenesis of influenza viruses.

Current research interests

Professor Digard is a virologist who has published on herpesviruses, plus strand RNA viruses and (primarily) on influenza A virus. His laboratory is interested in the molecular and cellular biology of how influenza virus replicates, using this information to understand the basis of virus pathogenesis and host range, as well as for translational studies on antiviral drug development and virus control measures. In recent years, the group has focused on three main areas: identifying cellular pathways and viral elements involved in genome trafficking and virus assembly, on the function of the viral RNA synthesis machinery and its role in setting host range, and in identifying novel virus polypeptides, at least three of which affect virus pathogenicity. Research students Matt Smith, PhD Alice Coburn, PhD, joint with Glasgow University Rebecca Dewar, PhD Anabel Clements, PhD