Dr Elisabetta Groppelli


  • May 2018 onwards: Medical Research Foundation Fellow, University of Leeds, UK. Hepatitis A virus entry and uncoating.
  • August 2016 – May 2018: Research Fellow, Prof Lisa Roberts, University of Leeds, UK. Caliciviruses-host interaction.
  • May 2016 – August 2016: Research Visitor, Prof David Rowlands, University of Leeds, UK. Picornavirus uncoating and mechanism of RNA release and membrane penetration.
  • July 2015 – February 2016: Public Health England (PHE) In-Country Lead in Sierra Leone. Roles: manage and lead PHE projects (Ebola diagnostics; research); coordinate PHE efforts with international partners and Sierra Leone government (outbreak response; health care system strengthening). Funding provided by Public Health England to Dr Elisabetta Groppelli as Principal Investigator at the University College London.
  • July 2010 – June 2015: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Dr Clare Jolly, Division of Infection and Immunity, University College London, UK. HIV-1 cell-to-cell spread at the virological synapse.
  • February 2015 – March 2015: Team Leader at Public Health England Ebola diagnostic Laboratory in Port Loko, Sierra Leone. 
  • June 2007 – July 2010: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Prof David Rowlands, Institute of Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Leeds, UK. Picornavirus entry and uncoating


  • April 2004 – May 2007: PhD, Molecular Virology, School of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences, University of Surrey, UK, Prof Lisa Roberts. PhD Viva: August 2007, PhD Graduation April 2008. Analysis of the Rhopalosiphum padi virus 5’ Internal Ribosome Entry Site element and its utility in protein expression systems.
  • September 2000 - March 2004: B.Sc., Biological Sciences, University of Milan, Italy. September 2002 – April 2003. Erasmus exchange program at the University of Surrey, UK.

Research interests

Non-enveloped RNA viruses: escaping the endosome to initiate infection.

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