Dr Nicola Douglass is a Research Officer at the University of Cape Town (UCT). She did her undergraduate and postgraduate studies at UCT, obtaining her Honours degree in Medical Biochemistry, and MSc and PhD degrees in Medical Microbiology under the supervision of Prof. K. Dumbell.
She is presently working in a part-time capacity in Prof. A-L Williamson's group, developing poxviruses as vaccine vectors for use both as HIV-1 and veterinary vaccines.
Research being performed ranges from viral genomic sequence analysis and phylogenetics, to virus-host interactions, modifications of lumpy skin disease virus (LSDV) to improve vaccine design and construction of recombinant LSDV and MVA vaccines, which are being tested in animal models.
Outside of work, Nicola takes an interest in exploring the outdoors and playing squash. She enjoys spending time with her children.
Poxviral Vaccine Vectors
Post: Division of Medical Virology, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town, Anzio Road, Observatory 7925, Cape Town, South Africa