Dr Belinda Baquero-Perez

Dr Belinda Baquero-Perez


I joined the Universisty of Leeds in 2012 as a post-doctoral research fellow where I have carried out two post-docotoral positions in the Whitehouse lab investigating Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus.

I obtained my PhD in veterinary medicine and science from the University of Nottingham in 2012. This was a BBRSC-CASE studentship in which I investigated the molecular basis of innate resistance in ducks to avian influenza.

From 2006 to 2008 I was a research scientist at the Veterinary Laboratories Agency (VLA) (UK). I was responsible for the development and application of biochemical and immunochemical techniques to study atypical bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) cases.

From September 2005 to March 2006 I was an Erasmus student in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Reading (UK). Before then, I graduated as a veterinarian from the University of Zaragoza, Spain.

Research interests

In the past three years I have investigated the emergent area of RNA modifications, specifically N6-methyladenosine (m6A), this is the most common internal modification of cellular mRNAs with essential roles regulating RNA secondary structure, turnover, translation and processing of mRNAs. In my post-doc work, I have mapped this modification in the Kaposi’s sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV) transcriptome and identified novel proteins that have the ability to specifically recognise and bind m6A-modified RNAs. I have further characterised the function of one of these m6A reader proteins in the KSHV lytic replication cycle.

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  • PhD Veterinary Medicine and Science
  • DVM Doctor in Veterinary Medicine