Nelly Muriungi is a Research Associate in the Baillie lab responsible for doing virus infections, perturbations and gene editing to study gene expression during virus infection and genetic mechanisms of critical illness.
In 2015 Nelly was awarded the MEXT scholarship and she proceeded to do her PhD in Osaka University in Japan. She successfully used gene editing in liver cells to demonstrate the essential role of interaction between Hepatitis B virus envelope protein preS1 and host mitochondrial protein TIMM29 in inhibiting Hepatitis B virus replication.
She additionally holds a Masters degree from University of Glasgow. While there, she introduced genetic changes in lung cells to study the role of NUB1, an interferon inducible protein, on influenza A virus lifecycle. In addition to research endeavours Nelly is a mentor helping students develop effective study strategies, academic goals and time management.