Maria Teresa Catanese
Research Fellow in Infectious Diseases.
Department of Infectious Diseases
Faculty of Life Sciences and Medicine,
King's College London,
1st Floor, CIBCI
New Hunt's House
Great Maze Pond
London SE1 1UL
+44 (0)20 7848 9612
Maria Teresa Catanese received her Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the University of Rome in 2008. Her graduate studies were conducted at IRBM/Merck Research Laboratories where she initially focused on the structural and functional characteristics of the hepatitis C virus (HCV) glycoproteins with the aim of identifying new targets for antiviral therapy. Subsequently, she worked on a novel HCV receptor candidate, the scavenger receptor class B type I (SR-BI) and validated its role in HCV entry and spread both in vitro and in vivo.
She then moved to Rockefeller University for her postdoctoral studies in Charles Rice’s lab. There, she established new techniques for virus purification that enabled her to determine the structure and composition of HCV infectious particles. Furthermore, she developed novel assays for examining HCV infection in real time to define the viral determinants and the cellular receptors required for HCV cell-to-cell transmission.
In September 2013, Maria Teresa joined the Department of Infectious Diseases at King’s College London to establish her own research group.Maria Teresa’s lab is interested in identifying the cell- and virion-associated host factors and the molecular pathways required for HCV propagation and disease.