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Dr Pouria Akhbari

Dr Pouria Akhbari

Postdoctoral Research Associate

 01392 40 8280

 RILD Building Level 4


University of Exeter Medical School, RILD Building, RD&E Hospital Wonford, Barrack Road, Exeter, EX2 5DW, UK

I graduated with a DVM (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine) before working in zoonoses control and medical and veterinary diagnostic laboratories in my home country. My passion for research in infectious diseases and pathogen-host interaction led me to complete an MSc in microbiology at University of Bradford with focus on influenza A virus. I then joined Dr Jim Boyne at the Centre for Skin Sciences (CSS), University of Bradford to investigate the role of long non-coding RNAs (LncRNA) in pathogenesis of psoriasis prior to starting my PhD with him on a fully-funded scholarship paid by University of Bradford. With a keen interest in virus-host interaction I investigated the pathogenesis of Merkel cell polyomavirus (MCPyV) in Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC), a deadly and highly aggressive skin cancer. Besides research, I played a pro-active role in representing postgraduate students, organised internal conferences and was involved in teaching and supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate students. I have now joined Prof. Noel Morgan’s team to investigate the role of enteroviruses in type 1 diabetes. 

When I don't work, I enjoy reading, hiking, swimming and cooking. 


PhD (Analysis of Cellular Transcriptomic Changes Induced by Merkel Cell Polyomavirus miRNA)

MSc (Medical Microbiology with distinction)

DVM (with distinction)



Research interests

virus-host cell interaction, virus-induced autoimmunity, innate immune response, non-coding RNAs, epigenetics  

Research projects

I am currently investigating the role of enteroviruses in type 1 diabetes onset in Prof. Noel Morgan's group.


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