Thomas Bowden is one of sixteen newly-qualified postdoctoral researchers to receive a Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowship award from the Wellcome Trust.
Using techniques in structural biology, immunology, and cell biology, Thomas will study in atomic detail the mechanism by which Rift Valley fever virus and Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever virus attach to and infect human cells. Despite the threat that these mosquito and tick-borne viruses pose, little is currently known of how they infect their host. It is hoped that the information derived from Thomas's work will ultimately aid in our ability to combat these pathogens.
The Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowships provide £250,000 over four years so that researchers can pursue important biomedical research questions, working in the best laboratories in the UK and overseas.
"These awards aim to support a new generation of research leaders," says Dr Candy Hassall, who oversees the Fellowship programme at the Wellcome Trust. "The fellowships provide unprecedented freedom at a very early stage, enabling these outstanding newly-qualified researchers to choose where they should go to develop their work and their ideas."