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George Lomonossoff
Biological Chemistry Department
Rob Field

Research interests

  • The specificity of protein-protein and protein-RNA interactions in the morphogenesis of virus structures
  • The modification of virus particles and the uses of such particles in biotechnology
  • The development of RNA plant virus-based vectors and their application for expression of high-value proteins of pharmaceutical interest in plants

BBSRC Innovator of the Year 2012

George wins the BBSRC Innovator of the Year Award:

Article in BBSRC Business on the BBSRC Innovator of the Year

Plant pharming system inventors named Innovator of the Year
Professor George Lomonossoff has been awarded the title of BBSRC Innovator of the Year 2012 for his work with Dr Frank Sainsbury, to develop a system for producing vaccines and pharmaceutical proteins in plants. The system could allow vaccines to be produced more rapidly for emergency vaccination programmes in the face of disease pandemics.

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PLAPROVA - Plant Production of Vaccines

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PLAPROVA is a collaborative project between the EU and Russia with participation from South Africa that will develop a rapid plant-based system to produce and assess the capacity of different proteins to act as vaccines against important diseases of livestock such as avian influenza and blue tongue. The project is funded under the EU Framework 7 programme (Research area: Cooperation; Theme: Food, agriculture and fisheries, and biotechnology) and co-ordinated from the John Innes Centre, Norwich, U.K.

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