Prof Felicity Burt 
Medical Microbiology
Chair: Vector-borne and Zoonotic Pathogens 2016-2020

Prof Felicity Burt is from the Division of Virology in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of the Free State, as well as the National Health Laboratory Service. She is a graduate of the University of the Witwatersrand, where she completed her PhD in medical virology; she currently holds an NRF-DST South African Research Chair in Vector-borne and Zoonotic Pathogens Research. She worked on viral haemorrhagic fevers and arboviruses at the National Institute for Communicable Diseases for 17 years before relocating to Bloemfontein, where she established a research group focusing primarily on host immune responses to arboviral and zoonotic infections.
 
Her research includes characterisation of humoral and cellular immune responses in patients with infections such as Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever (CCHF) virus and Sindbis virus; epitope discovery for development of diagnostic tools; development of molecular and serological assays for surveillance purposes; virus discovery; and development of vaccines. Raising awareness of these viruses, defining associated diseases, and developing tools for surveillance programmes contribute to understanding these pathogens and the public health implications. She has extensive experience in the field of arbovirology and is recognised both nationally and internationally within her field. She has authored almost 80 articles in international peer-reviewed scientific journals and has co-authored six chapters on medically significant arboviral infections.  
 



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