Steve Goodbourn, professor of biomolecular science at St George's University of London, has been granted a Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator Award.

Investigator Awards, presented by the Wellcome Trust, provide funding for scientists who have an excellent track record and are in an established academic post. They offer the flexibility and time to enable them to tackle the most important questions in their field.


The £804,130 award is available from April 2014 and will be used to study “The interaction of paramyxoviruses with the interferon system”.

Professor Steve Goodbourn, said: “I am delighted to receive this award. Whilst there has been an explosion in our knowledge of this subject in the last 10-15 years, there are still many unanswered questions about how viruses interact with the system. This award will help us explore these areas further."

He added: “Together with Professor Rick Randall at the University of St Andrews we aim to build up a comprehensive understanding of this interaction by focusing on paramyxoviruses; an important group of human and animal viruses that includes measles, mumps, parainfluenza and Newcastle disease viruses (a highly contagious viral disease affecting poultry).

"We will investigate how paramyxovirus infections trigger interferon (IFN) production, whether overstimulation of the system (and other innate responses) exacerbates disease processes, how IFN controls paramyxovirus infections and influences virus host range, pathogenicity and persistence, and explore the potential application of their findings to improve the control of virus diseases.”