Dr Cheryl Walter

Dr Cheryl Walter

Lecturer in Biomedical Science

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Department of Biomedical Sciences

Qualifications

  • BSc (Rhodes University)
  • MRes (Rhodes University)
  • PhD (Rhodes University)
  • PCAP (University of Hull)
  • PGCert (Higher Education Academy)

Summary

I have a sustained research career in virology spanning 17 years. My postgraduate theses involved developing tools for characterizing novel insect viruses. I then spent 6 years as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Leeds, one of the biggest virology research hubs in the UK. Here, I worked on coupled transcription/translation mechanisms of emerging viruses, RNA-protein interactions and resolution of nucleoprotein structures and later, virus-host interactions focusing on RNA virus replication complexes.

I have continued to focus on virus-host interactomes and have substantial experience in handling infectious virus, rescue systems and key molecular virology approaches. I am currently involved in point of care testing device development for SARS-CoV-2 and Hepatitis C virus as well as investigating progeny virion egress pathways in Bunyaviruses, Coronaviruses and Flaviviruses.

I teach on a range of modules in both undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes. These include;

Second year Clinical Microbiology and Immunology

Third year Medical Microbiology

Second year Professional Skills for Biomedical and Forensic Scientists

Third year Concepts in Pharmacology (Biochemistry)

Postgraduate Taught Infection and Immunity

Postgraduate Taught Current Topics in Biomedical Science (Review module)

I module lead the first two modules.

I also offer projects relating to third year 40-credit independent research projects and postgraduate taught 60-credit independent research projects.

In my role as Director of Studies for the department, I also oversee our bespoke personal supervision. I am personal supervisor to 20 undergraduate students.

Recent outputs

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Journal Article

A lab-on-a-chip platform for integrated extraction and detection of SARS-CoV-2 RNA in resource-limited settings

Rodriguez-Mateos, P., Ngamsom, B., Walter, C., Dyer, C. E., Gitaka, J., Iles, A., & Pamme, N. (2021). A lab-on-a-chip platform for integrated extraction and detection of SARS-CoV-2 RNA in resource-limited settings. Analytica Chimica Acta, 1177, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.aca.2021.338758

Release of infectious hepatitis C virus from huh7 cells occurs via a trans-golgi network-to-endosome pathway independent of very-low-density lipoprotein secretion

Mankouri, J., Walter, C., Stewart, H., Bentham, M., Park, W. S., Heo, W. D., …Harris, M. (2016). Release of infectious hepatitis C virus from huh7 cells occurs via a trans-golgi network-to-endosome pathway independent of very-low-density lipoprotein secretion. Journal of virology, 90(16), 7159-7170. https://doi.org/10.1128/jvi.00826-16

Research interests

Virus-host interactions

Enveloped virus egress

Antiviral drug repurposing

Consultancy/Industry advisory role

Consultant for RB Global Scientific Community (GSec)

2021 - 2023

External examiner role

External examiner for PhD theses

2020

MRes external examiner for University of Leeds

2018

Journal peer reviewer

Reviewer for Archives of Virology

2016

Membership/Fellowship of professional body

Fellow of the Institute for Biomedical Science (FIBMS)

2020

Scholarship role

Chair for Biomedical Sciences Education Research Group (FaB-Ed)

2020