Lorelai Vennard

Lorelai Vennard


I joined the University of Leeds as an undergraduate studying Microbioogy with Virology form which I graduated with a 2:1 in 2016.  For my dissertation I worked on the transcription and translation of Respiratory Synticial Virus using cell culture & imaging techniques in a predominantly Structural Virology group. During my studies I also undertoook an Industrial Placement Year at Novartis California, USA. Here I was an intern in their Virology department utilizing molecular biology techniques & cell-based assays to investigate novel antivirals.

After my degree I shortly worked as a Microbiologist/Laboratory Technician before I began my PhD in Structural Virology in September 2016 under the supervision of Dr Juan Fontana & Prof. Neil Ranson in the new Astbury BioStructural Laboratory. This new facility houses 2 Titan Krios Electron Microscopes amongst various other equipment that allows me to investigate Herpes Simplex Virus Proteins in high resolution. During my PhD I have also been involved in many public outreach activities & groups along with being a 2018-2019 FBS PG Rep.

Research interests

Cryo-Electron Microscopy including Tomography & Subtomogram Averaging

Molecular & Structural Virology

Herpes Simplex Virus

Virus Entry Mechanisms


  • Microbiology with Virology (IND) 2:1

Research groups and institutes

  • Structural Biology