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Who is Connor Bamford?

Connor is a PhD student at Queen's University, Belfast, Northern Ireland where he is currently investigating the molecular biology of virus  infection, more specifically, he is interested in how mumps virus (MuV)  infects and causes disease in humans.

Through employing molecular biology approaches (cloning and altering the virus genome) alongside bioimaging and animal models of infection,  he hopes to better understand the basic biology of this - and other - viruses. Just a little bit more than we do now.

His interests are, of course, not limited to mumps virology but extend throughout all realms of biology including: evolutionary biology, cancer and ecology. This blog will hopefully allow hiim to develop these interests further and provide some kind of outreach to a non-scientific public.

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Connor is currently a PhD student at Queen's University, Belfast in Northern Ireland. Him and the group he works with are a part of the recently established Centre for Infection & Immunity in the School of Medicine. Here, he is attempting to understand how certain viruses cause disease in humans, in particular the virus that causes mumps. What this actually means is that he plays around a lot of building big pieces of DNA, makes viruses glow in the dark and puts said viruses onto anything he can find.

In his spare time he likes to think and write about all the ways that viruses interact with their hosts. This is why he set up this blog.

If you want to contact him you can email him at: connorggbamford at gmail dot com

Connor first became interested in science when he was a teenager studying both biology and chemistry. Looking to continue this he went on to complete a degree in Molecular Biology focusing on genetics and microbiology.

During his time in university he got the chance to do some actual research and following his first year he worked with the ecology group Operation Wallacea in the Sinai Desert of Egypt. Here he helped with basic ecological surveying of multitudes of plants and animals, including some rare Egyptian bats and insects. In an attempt to focus more on the molecular side of biology, Connor went on to spend two summers working at Belfast's Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology as a research intern looking at the development of a certain kind of leukaemia in a mouse model. To top off his experience of proper science, for his final year Honours dissertation Connor moved back to ecology and looked at the particular modes of speciation of fish in lakes across Ireland. This would involve sequencing genes from a large number of fish, building very big evolutionary trees and coming up with ideas to explain why they looked the way they did. Turns out it was sympatric.

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