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Amy Buck

Principal Investigator and Co-Head, Institute for the Institute of Immunology & Infection Research, University of Edinburgh

Amy Buck earned her PhD in Biochemistry at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where she studied RNA-protein dynamics in the RNase P ribozyme in the lab of Prof. Norman Pace. Wanting to apply her RNA background to the field of virology, she joined the Division of Pathway Medicine and the Centre for Infectious Diseases at the University of Edinburgh in 2005. She worked for 1.5 years as a postdoctoral researcher to develop nucleic acid biosensors while securing an Incoming Marie Curie Fellowship to focus on the biology and functions of microRNAs in viral infection.  In 2009, she started her own lab within the Wellcome Trust funded Centre for Immunity, Infection & Evolution at the University of Edinburgh, focusing on RNA functions in viral-host interactions and initiating a new line of research on RNA secretion in parasite infections.  Amy currently holds an ERC Consolidator Award for the study of RNA communication in helminth infections and is the Action Chair for European COST Network: RNA communication across kingdoms. Amy is co-Head of Institute for the Institute of Immunology & Infection Research.