EpiViral is a Consortium between the University of Aveiro (UA), the Leiden Medical Center (LMU) and the Goethe University Frankfurt (GUF). Its main aim is to intensify, increase and consolidate the scientific research on Virology and RNA biology at the UA, by partnering with two leading institutions in these research fields.

This consortium will coordinate and promote networking activities between all the partners as well as promote dissemination of the knowledge produced by the collaborations established between the three participating institutions. It will furthermore support transnational access of UA researchers to state-of-the art infrastructures available at LMC and GUF. The project will explore how RNA viruses manipulate the host translation machinery, in an attempt to identify novel cellular targets for the development of innovative antiviral therapies.

The EpiViral Team

Dr. Daniela Ribeiro is an Assistant Researcher (CEEC2017) at iBiMED, Portugal. Her group studies the interplay between viruses and their host cells, namely the role of intracellular organelles in the establishment of the cellular antiviral response, the importance of peroxisomes throughout viruses’ life-cycles, and innate immune response vs. viral oncogenesis.

Dr. Ana Raquel Soares is an Assistant Researcher (CEEC2018) at iBiMED, Portugal. Her group investigates the interplay between RNA modifications, tRNA and small non-coding RNA biology, and protein quality control aiming at identify novel therapeutic targets for diseases where proteostasis is affected.

Dr. Ir. M. Marjolein Kikkert is an Associate Professor at the Department of Medical Microbiology of the Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC), The Netherlands. Her research group currently investigates viral replication-associated membrane modifications, as well as antiviral innate immunity and immune evasion strategies of different Nidoviruses

Dr. Stefanie Kaiser is a Professor of Pharmaceutical Chemistry at Goethe University Frankfurt (GUF), Germany. Her research is focused on the mechanisms and functions of RNA modification biology in various cell types to shed light on the role of RNA modifications in cell homeostasis and neurological disease pathogenesis.


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