Picture of Rui da Costa. Photo: Helmholtz Institute Würzburg / Luisa Macharowsky

New @ HIRI: Rui da Costa

The HIRI family warmly welcomes Rui da Costa.

Rui da Costa obtained his PhD in infection biology at the Hannover Biomedical Research School, Germany. During his PhD, he explored the host factors that drive the response to hepatitis C virus infection, both in vivo and in vitro. Rui da Costa then moved to the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, to investigate the dynamics of RNA-RNA interactions between host RNA and viral RNA of positive-stranded RNA viruses.

He has just joined the Helmholtz Institute Würzburg as a postdoctoral researcher. In the Caliskan lab, he will use CLIP-like techniques and CRISPR screens to elucidate RNA-based gene regulation in viral-infected cells. His particular focus will be on the trans-acting factors and modifications that regulate reading frame maintenance and recoding.

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