I started my PhD-project in the McKeating group December 2010 and have since then had the privilege to work with real liver explants from HCV-positive patients. From the different sections in the liver explants I’ve isolated HCV and sequenced the virus. The aim of my project is to investigate the potential HCV compartmentalisation of genetically distinct HCV variants within the liver and how the different variants are related. HCV pseudo types will also be made from some of the sequenced HCV variants to investigate their biological properties. With this project I hope to uncover some of the answer to the question; “Why does HCV infection result in viral persistence in 70% of the cases?”
Being the Great Danish Viking that I am, I love the outdoors and lots of liquorice. I have recently got into mountaineering with the university, which has given me the opportunity to explore more of the UK.
"Liquorice and hard work will together create great science!"
HCV Research Group
Institute of Biomedical Research,
School of Immunity and Infection,
College of Medical and Dental Sciences,
University of Birmingham, Birmingham B15 2TT UK
Tel: (44)121 414 8673
Fax: (44)121 414 3599
E-mail: Ditte Hedegaard
Ditte's preferred look in the Lab...