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Mr James Coburn BSc (Hons)

MRes Advanced Biological Science student

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James Coburn is an MRes Advanced Biological Science student within the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Southampton.

Graduated in 2020 with a BSc(Hons) in Microbiology (specialising in Virology) from the University of Glasgow. There I worked on a wet-lab project at the MRC Centre For Virus Research, which culminated in my dissertation: Assessing the potential of an RNA biomarker matrix for risk stratification of HPV16 infection.

Research interests

My research interests primarily focus on the impact that viral infection has on the human body at the molecular and cellular level. My undergraduate dissertation explored the effect of HPV16, on the transcriptome of cervical cells, exploring the up-and-down regulation of epigenetic factors and immune molecules.

Broadly, I am interested in viral transcriptomics, and viral oncology, with a focus on the use of virally-altered molecules as biomarkers.

Why I chose MRes Advanced Biological Science

I chose an MRes in Advanced Biological Science when I was given the opportunity to work with SARS-CoV-2 and explore the impact that the virus has on the interactome of host cells. If key molecular targets of the virus can be identified, then our understanding of the disease will improve, and we may be able to focus on these target molecules as the search for antiviral therapies continues.

Aims for the future

Following graduation, I am looking to pursue a PhD within the scope of my research interests, as I continue to purse a career in virological research.


Dr Rob Ewing
Dr Yihua Wang

Research group

Computational and Systems Biology

Affiliate research groups

Molecular and Cellular Biosciences, MRes Advanced Biological Science

Mr James Coburn
School of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Environmental and Life Sciences
Life Sciences Building 85
University of Southampton
Highfield Campus
SO17 1BJ

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