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Department of Pathology


Our Research

Valeria (Lera) Lulla is a new Group Leader and Wellcome Trust Sir Henry Dale Fellow in the Department of Pathology, University of Cambridge.

Lera’s newly established group in the Department of Pathology is focusing on the replication and pathogenicity of intestinal RNA viruses, using the astroviruses and enteroviruses as model systems. Her lab is using human intestinal organoids as a platform to address gut-specific determinants of enteric virus infection.

Key Publications

Lulla V*, Wandel M, Bandyra KJ, Ulferts R, Wu M, Dendooven T, Yang X, Doyle N, Oerum S, Beale R, O’Rourke S, Randow F, Maier H, Scott W*, Ding Y*, Firth AE*, Bloznelyte K*, Luisi B*. (2021). Targeting the conserved stem loop 2 motif in the SARS-CoV-2 genomeJournal of Virology.

Lulla V*, Firth AE* (2020). A hidden gene in astroviruses encodes a viroporinNature Communications, 11(1):4070.

Lulla V*, Dinan AM, Hosmillo M, Chaudhry Y, Sherry L, Irigoyen N, Nayak KM, Stonehouse NJ, Zilbauer M, Goodfellow I, Firth AE*. (2019). An upstream protein-coding region in enteroviruses modulates virus infection in gut epithelial cellsNature Microbiology, 4(2):280-292.

Full publication list on Google Scholar

Dr Valeria Lulla

Principal Investigator


Dr Hashim Ali

Research Associate

Elizaveta Elishina

PhD Student