The Bunyavirus Group

The Bunyavirus Group

Research group of the late Professor Richard Elliott (1954-2015).

Group contacts

For general laboratory enquiries:

For research or publication based enquiries please see the contact list below:



Hantaviruses & Insect specific Bunyaviruses

Bunyavirus Structural Studies

Research group members

Ben Brennan
Research Fellow

Edward Dornan
Research Support

Admin support

Angela Elliott
Research Support

Felix Kreher
Research Fellow

Ping Li
Research Fellow

Xiaohong Shi
Research Fellow

Agnieszka Szemiel
Research Fellow

Ingeborg van Knippenberg
Research Fellow

Elina Koudriakova:
PhD student [email]

Veronica Rezelj
PhD student [email]

Natasha Tilston-Lunel
PhD student [email]

Gillian Slack
PhD student [email]

Junjie Feng
PhD student[email]

Richard Elliot research

Research programme: 

Like other groups of arboviruses, the transmission cycle of bunyaviruses involves replication in a blood-feeding arthropod and a vertebrate host. The family includes a number of pathogens of clinical and veterinary significance as well as recently emerged viruses.

Our ultimate aim is to understand the intimate molecular details of virus replication in these disparate cell types that account for the different outcomes of infection using a multidisciplinary approach, and selected important representative viruses.

Current research

Recent achievements

  • We created a recombinant Rift Valley fever virus with the N and NSs coding sequences swapped around on the S segment (Brennan et al., 2014).
  • Together with collaborators in Brazil, we corrected the genome sequence of Oropouche virus and established of a minigenome system (Acrani et al., 2015).
  • Also with these collaborators we produced a detailed phylogenetic analysis of the Oropouche virus species and description of a novel reassortant virus in Brazil (Tilston-Lunel et al., 2015).
  • We established a reverse genetics systems for severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome virus with colleagues in China (Brennan et al., 2015), and for Uukuniemi virus with Ana Överby in Sweden (Rezelj et al., 2015).
  • We created a recombinant Bunyamwera virus that expresses the NSs gene via an ambisense S segment (van Knippenberg & Elliott, 2015).

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