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David Griffiths


Job Title:
Principal Research Scientist

Contact Number:
0131 4456 129

Moredun Research Institute, Pentlands Science Park, Bush Loan, Penicuik, Midlothian EH26 0PZ


David Griffiths graduated from the University of Manchester in 1992 with a BSc in Biochemistry. He gained a PhD in Virology from the University of London in 1996 for his studies on the potential role of retroviruses in human rheumatic disease.

Following a short postdoctoral position at the Chester Beatty Laboratories London, in 1998 he was awarded an Arthritis Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship at University College London. In 2003, he moved to the Moredun Research Institute as a Principal Scientist.

Dr Griffiths has a longstanding interest in retroviral pathogenesis and his current research focusses on understanding the pathogenesis of ovine pulmonary adenocarcinoma and the development of diagnostic tests for controlling this disease.  He is a member of the BBSRC Pool of Experts and a former Scientific Editor of Research in Veterinary Science.

Current Research

    • Development of control strategies for ovine pulmonary adenocarcinoma


    • Virus-host interactions in ovine pulmonary adenocarcinoma


    • Ex vivo lung tissue models of respiratory viruses


    • Ovine pulmonary adenocarcinoma as a model for human lung cancer


    • Development of lentiviral vectors for vaccine delivery in ruminants.


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