About Us

portrait of D Dunbar

Dawn Dunbar

PhD student

I am the lead researcher on the FIP project. I graduated from the University of Glasgow in 2005 with an Honours degree in Microbiology. I began my career in industry, conducting contract research for four years before moving back the University of Glasgow. I took up a technical post within the School of Veterinary Medicine in the Infectious Diseases unit of the Veterinary Diagnostic Service. I have been involved in many research studies throughout my time in the service, working on FIP, feline leukaemia virus, feline calicivirus and lion lentivirus. These studies have focused mainly on molecular diagnostics and diagnostic tool development. A large part of my current role is designing molecular diagnostic tools for a range of feline and canine infectious diseases.

In 2011 I acted as a bench supervisor for an undergraduate student working on a project developing a diagnostic tool for FIP and this stimulated my interest in conducting research into this condition. FCoV is a remarkable virus to study: it remains an enigma on many fronts. There are a wealth of opportunities to discover the secrets of this pathogen and the disease it causes.

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Dr Willie Weir

Prof Margaret Hosie

Dr Simon Babayan

Team Members

Sarah Krumrie BVMS


In addition to our core team, we are supported by a variety of collaborators. We are grateful to these teams who generously contribute samples, data, expertise, service and support.  

  • Veterinary Diagnostic Services, University of Glasgow - A specialist multidisciplinary reference laboratory for veterinary diagnostics based within the School of Veterinary Medicine.
  • Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health and Comparative MedicineUniversity of Glasgow - A multidisciplinary research institute based within the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences.
  • MRC Centre for Virus Research, University of Glasgow - A state-of-the-art virus research facility, housing the largest grouping of human and veterinary virologists in the UK. Based within the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences.
  • Glasgow Polyomics, University of Glasgow - A University of Glasgow Facility delivering laboratory omics analysis and bioinformatics support to academic, commercial and health sector clients.