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Bert Rima

MSc(Delft), PhD(McMaster 1975). FIBIOL, EASAC Biosciences Steering Panel

Professor of Molecular Biology QUB

Member ScienceElected in 2002

Professor Bert Rima is the Academy’s nominee to the EASAC Working Group on Genome Editing. The working group is working on a broad perspective on the science of genome editing (including fundamental research) and possible applications, including plant breeding, animal breeding in agriculture and for organ donation, modification of populations in the wild, and human health.

Bert Rima, MRIA was appointed Professor of Molecular Biology in 1993. His main research interest is to apply molecular biological and genetic techniques to virology and infectious diseases in general. He has an interest in human viruses (mumps and measles) as well as animal viruses such as rinderpest, canine distemper and seal and dolphin morbilliviruses. His work now centres primarily on how viruses are attenuated for vaccines and what barriers exist that prevent animal viruses from infecting humans and vice versa. His work has focused on the paramyxoviruses, which are negative strand viruses in the group to which influenza viruses also belong.  He has extensive experience in the genetic modification of these human pathogenic viruses and the evaluation of their effects in animal model systems including ferrets and macaques.

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