Dr Muhammad Munir

Professor in Virology and Viral Zoonoses

Research Interests

I am virologist with research experience on virus pathobiology, viral antagonism of immune responses and host factors that limit virus replication. Research in my laboratory focuses on understanding molecular mechanisms of inter-species pathogenesis of viruses (i.e., zoonotic viruses). Specifically, using influenza viruses and coronaviruses (e.g., SARS-CoV-2, causative agent of CoVID-19), my research aims to explore host and viral RNA biology (sensing – interferon responses, epigenetics and gene regulation) and define structural and functional differences in human and animals (e.g., birds and bats), which determine the transmission dynamics of animal viruses to human.

I also study differential virus pathobology, diagnosis and vaccine developments against viruses in different animal hosts with special focus on Newcastle disease virus, a paramyxovirus causing enormous economic losses in the poultry, well-characterized vaccine vector and carrying excellent oncolytic properties. More information on this virus.

My laboratory is funded by the BBSRC, British Council, Newton Fund, and Industry, and is equipped with CL3 facilities, holding avian viruses bank, chicken eggs facilities and expanding to establish vaccine vectors bank.