Dr Claire Donald
- Lecturer in Microbiology (Virology) (Bacteriology)
Claire Donald graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Cellular Biology from the University of St Andrews. As part of that degree, she completed her final year project in the lab of Prof Rick Randall studying the V protein of Simian virus 5.
She then went on to complete an MSc in Drug Design and Biomedical Science at Edinburgh Napier University. Her reserach project, characterising the innate immune responses of the Aedes ageypti- derived Aag2 cell line, was carried out in the lab of Prof Alain Kohl (then at the University of Edinburgh). Following the completion of her MSc degree, Claire continued to study mosquito innate antiviral immune responses to arboviral infections within the Kohl lab, graduating with a PhD in Virology from the University of Glasgow in 2015.
Claire's research has focused on the use of Semliki Forest virus and Zika virus as model arboviruses to investigate the antiviral immune responses of both mosquitoes and mammalian in vivo and in vitro systems.
Claire's research interests focus on arbovirus: vector and arbovirus: host interactions.
Claire's scholarship research has focused on the use of virtual reality in enhacing learning at the undergraduate level.
Grants and Awards listed are those received whilst working with the University of Glasgow.
- Investigating the role of the circadian rhythm in modulating arbovirus infection in mosquitoes.
The Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland
2020 - 2021
Claire is an advisor of studies and is involved in teaching different aspects of infection biology across Levels 1-4, as well as for several post graduate courses including:
- Biology 1A
- Fundamental Topics in Biology
- Contemporary Issues in Biology
- Microbiology and Immunology (Course Co-Ordinator)
- Medical Microbiology
- Molecular Methods
- Honours Project Supervision
Post Graduate Teaching
- Molecular Genetics of Disease
- Emerging Viruses
- Diagnostic Technologies and Devices
- Biotechnology Applications
- Role of Insects in Food Security
- Masters Project Supervision