20 September, 2018, 7:30 pm
‘The Under-Appreciated Burden of Viruses in Cancer’
Professor Adrian Whitehouse, Faculty of Biological Sciences, University of Leeds
University House, University of Leeds
Viral infection is a major cause of cancer and approximately 10-15% of human cancers worldwide are associated with viruses, resulting in about 2 million new cases every year in the world. To help tackle this important problem Professor Adrian Whitehouse and his team at the University of Leeds aim to understand how viruses cause cancer at the molecular level and, by focussing on two of the most recently discovered human tumour viruses, Kaposi’s sarcoma-associated herpesvirus and Merkel cell polyomavirus they hope to develop novel antiviral strategies to prevent infection and tumourigenesis. For more information about their work, please click here.
Professor Adrian Whitehouse has been Professor of Molecular Virology at the University of Leeds since 2010. He graduated with a BSc in Microbiology from the University of Sheffield in 1991 and obtained a D.Phil from the University of Oxford in 1994. Following postdoctoral work at the Molecular Medicine Unit, St. James’ Hospital, Leeds he joined the School of Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of Leeds in 2002.