The Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) is a virus of the herpes family and is commonly known as the cause of glandular fever. 90 % of people have the virus or have had previous exposure to it.
EBV is associated with particular forms of cancer, particularly Hodgkin’s lymphoma, Burkitt’s lymphoma, nasopharyngeal carcinoma, and central nervous system lymphomas associated with HIV. There is also evidence that infection with EBV is associated with a higher risk of certain autoimmune diseases.
Our research focuses on:
- examining the how Epstein-Barr virus hides from the immune system during dormant phases
- investigating EBV proteins for novel vaccine or drug targets.