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)

Summary

I have a sustained research career in virology spanning 16 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 and Flaviviruses.

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

Consultancy/Industry advisory role

Consultant for RB Global Scientific Community (GSec)

2021 - 2023

External examiner role

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