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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. 

Research Interests

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.

Education/Academic qualification

Virology, Doctor of Science, Host Factors Involved in the Entry of Coronaviruses into Mammalian Cells, Universiteit Utrecht

Award Date: 27 Jan 2015

Biology, Master in Science, ETH Zürich

Award Date: 8 Oct 2009

Biology, Bachelor of Science, ETH Zürich

Award Date: 9 Oct 2008


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