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Yue Du

Postdoctoral Researcher

I am currently a postdoctoral researcher working in the Gene Medicine group. Funded by the Wellcome Trust, my project is centred around investigating lentiviral gene delivery to the airway for the expression of monoclonal antibodies, in particular broadly neutralising antibodies, with an aim to confer a broad and long-term immunisation against Influenza and other respiratory diseases.

Prior to this, I studied animal genetic engineering at the Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh. During my PhD project, I utilised CRISPR/Cas9-mediated genome editing to investigate innovative strategies to reduce Influenza A Virus entry in pigs without compromising their immune responses. I obtained my Master’s degree in Animal Embryo Engineering from the Northwest A&F University, China, and my Bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Medicine from the Inner Mongolian Agricultural University, China. During my master’s study, I established a sperm-borne small RNA library for cattle and characterised the functional roles of sperm-specific miRNAs in embryo development. My past experience has laid me a solid and broad foundation in clinical veterinary medicine, developmental biology, and animal genetic engineering. As a natural progression, now I am particularly keen on developing novel passive immunotherapy for Influenza and participating in translational research.