Anna Cliffe




I graduated from the University of Manchester, UK, in 2000 with a degree in Biomedical Science. After spending some time doing voluntary work in Ghana I did a Wellcome Trust funded PhD at the University of Edinburgh, UK, under the mentorships of Professor Tony Nash and Dr. Bernadette Dutia. My graduate research focused on the role of non-coding RNAs in a gammaherpesvirus infection. In 2006 I joined David Knipe’s lab at Harvard Medical School where I worked on the chromatin control of herpes simplex virus lytic and latent infection.


I am postdoc in Mohanish Deshmukh’s lab where I have set up an in vitro system for studying herpes simplex virus latency and reactivation in primary neurons. Using this system I am investigating the mechanism by which neuronal stress triggers reactivation of the virus.




22012-2015: Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award
2013: Accommodation scholarship, International Herpesvirus Workshop
2010: Travel award, International Herpesvirus Workshop
2007: Travel award, International Herpesvirus Workshop
2005: Post-graduate student meeting grant, Society for General Microbiology
2005: Travel scholarship, Birrell-Grey Fund, University of Edinburgh
2005: Best poster, Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh
2001-2005: Wellcome Trust 4-year PhD fellowship