Dr Chen Gao

BSc, MSc, PhD

Postdoctoral Affiliate

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  • Postdoctoral Affiliate

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  • Research Associate, Virology Division, Department of Pathology


Email: cg597@cam.ac.uk


I was born in China and moved to New Zealand when I was 16. I obtained bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biomedical sciences at the University of Auckland before undertaking doctoral training in structural neurobiology at the University of Melbourne, Australia. Now I’m working as postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Pathology.

Research Interests

I use vaccinia as a model to understand how our immune system reacts to viral infection. I use X-ray crystallography sided with biochemical and biophysical techniques to examine virus-host interactions at the protein level and understand the consequences on innate immune signalling. With the 3-D structures of host/viral protein complexes, I can gain detailed insights into how viruses escape from host immune surveillance.