Adrian Westhaus, MSc. Exchange PhD Student, University College London
Adrian completed a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Bremen (Thesis in Dringen lab, Neurobiochemistry). Pursuing a future career in science, he enrolled in the master’s program in Molecular Bioscience and Major Infectious Disease at the University of Heidelberg. As part of this research-based MSc program, he performed several research rotations including the CMRI-laboratories of Prof Ian Alexander (GTRU) and Leszek Lisowski (TVG). After completing his master’s degree with a research project in the lab of Prof Dirk Grimm (University of Heidelberg), he chose to return to CMRI as part of the UCL-CMRI PhD Bridge Programme (see information for Students on the left). His main supervisor at the collaborating lab is Prof Adrian Thrasher the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, Section Molecular and Cellular Immunology.
His PhD project focusses on AAV capsid development, aiming to build a universal platform for diversification and selection of novel variants. Furthermore, he will investigate the expansion of novel AAV-mediated gene editing technologies into more clinically relevant models.