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Dr Virginia-Maria Vlachava

Dr Virginia-Maria Vlachava

Research Associate

School of Medicine

Henry Wellcome Building for Biomedical Research, University Hospital of Wales, Heath Park, Cardiff, CF14 4XN


I am a Research Associate at the Viral Immunology group at Cardiff University. My expertise is in virus-host interactions. I hold a PhD in Virology and have extensive studies in Molecular Biology, Biotechnology and Molecular Medicine. My current research is focused on the modulation of the immune response by HCMV but I have also worked on cellular signalling and on the epigenetic modifications of the cell during HSV-1 infection.



  • 2009-2015: PhD Molecular Virology, Medical School, University of Crete, Greece
  • 2008-2010: MSc, Molecular Basis of Human Disease, University of Crete, Greece
  • 2002-2008: BSc (Hons), Biology specialized on Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Biology Department,University of Crete, Greece

Honours and awards

  • “Maria Michail Manassaki” award for excellence in graduate studies (2014 and 2009), Medical School, University of Crete.
  • European Union funded, internationally peer reviewed scholarship, "Heraclitus II - University of Crete", European Social Fund  for the PhD thesis: “Study of the cellular signaling pathways during latent infection and reactivation by HSV-1 (Herpes Simplex Virus type I)” 09/2010-8/2013.
  • Travel awards by the UK Microbiology Society 2018 and the European Society of Clinical Virology (ESCV) 2013.

Professional memberships

  • European Society for Clinical Virology
  • Hellenic Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Microbiology Society, UK

Speaking engagements

  • 5th UK CMV Conference, Glasgow, UK (2018)
  • 21st European Society of Clinical Virology conference, Athens, Greece (2018)
  • Microbiology Society Annual Conference, Birmingham, UK (2018)