Hollie graduated with a BA(Hons) in Biological Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge in 2017. Whilst there, she enjoyed courses on molecular biology and genetics through to statistical biological modelling. She developed a strong interest in infectious diseases and global health, which she explored by engaging in student policy research groups and a summer project on malaria transmission.
Following her degree, Hollie gained 5 months international work experience in public health as a volunteer with Cambridge Development Initiative in Dar es Salaam, and an intern with the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) at the World Health Organization in Geneva. In these roles Hollie carried out evaluations of local health interventions and spatial analyses of national immunisation activities. Since 2018, she has specialised in molecular virology as a Research Assistant in the Te Velthuis Lab at the University of Cambridge. She was awarded to present her work on the role of influenza virus aberrant replication in stimulating innate immunity at several national and international meetings such as the UK Microbiology Society, ESCMID and Influenza updates.
Hollie came to University of Glasgow as a Wellcome Trust Integrative Infection Biology PhD programme funded student and in her PhD research, she would like to bring together her interests in virology and public health to investigate prevalence and transmission of neglected or recently emerged zoonotic viruses (using novel surveillance methods), and evaluate the effects of control intervention strategies.
Outside of research she loves exploring – especially by bike. One of the most exciting things for Hollie about being in Scotland (other than ceilidh) is the snowy mountains, even visible from the CVR!