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S. Louise Cosby

S. Louise Cosby

Professor & Head of Virology
Queen’s University Belfast & Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute
United Kingdom


Professor S. Louise Cosby is a graduate (B.Sc. and Ph.D. in Microbiology) of Queen’s University Belfast and was a member of staff for over 30 years. She held the post of Chair of Microbiology in the School of Medicine Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences from 2002 to 2015. She is currently Head of Virology Branch at the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute in Belfast and emeritus Professor at Queen's University Belfast. Professor Cosby is a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists (London) and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology (UK). She was a visiting Associate Professor in Cornell University USA and is an occasional visiting scientist at the Pirbright Institute, UK. Previous/present board membership: BBSRC, UK; Science Foundation Ireland (chair of Bioscience panel); Infections and Immunity and Host Defence Panel, Health Research Board, Ireland; Professional Development Committee of the Microbiology Society, Learned Societies Parliamentary Committee, Northern Ireland; British Society for Immunology (Regional and Affinity Group and Forum member) Infection and Immunity Translational Research Group Northern Ireland; Gerson Lerman’s Group’s Healthcare Advisor’s Board, USA. Editor positions: Associate Editor for the Journal of Neurovirology; Review Editor for Frontiers in Microbiology; Assessor roles: appointments and promotions in Medical Microbiology, University of Malaysia; reviewer of applications for the European Commission.

Research Interest

Work has focused on paramyxoviruses of both human and veterinary interest and has included elucidation of pathogenic mechanisms of measles virus (MV), the closely related veterinary morbilliviruses and more recently respiratory syncytial virus. Major interests are in the interaction of viruses with cell receptors as major determinants of virus host range, tissue tropism and induction of disease. This includes investigations into morbillivirus cell entry receptors and interaction of respiratory viruses with transcient potential and acid sensing receptors of bronchial epithelium and peripheral nerves. Recent interests are also in new approaches to human and veterinary vaccines and diagnostics.