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Dr Maitreyi Shivkumar

Job: Senior Lecturer in Molecular Biology

Faculty: Health and Life Sciences

School/department: Leicester School of Pharmacy

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: 0116 366 4475




Personal profile

Dr Maitreyi Shivkumar is a Senior Lecturer in Molecular Biology in the School of Pharmacy at De Montfort University. Her research interests are in understanding host-pathogen interactions, with a focus on virology.

She completed her PhD at the University of Cambridge on host entry and dissemination of herpesviruses in mouse models. Following this, she was a post-doc at University College London studying HIV-1 spread between T cells, before joining De Montfort University in 2019.

Research group affiliations

  • Infectious Diseases Research Group (IDRG)
  • Leicester Institute of Pharmaceutical Innovation (LIPI)

Research interests/expertise

  • HIV-1 and T cell immunology
  • Herpesviruses
  • Host-pathogen interactions
  • Drug discovery

Areas of teaching

  • Immunity and Immunology
  • Microbiology and Virology
  • MRes (Masters by Research) 
  • PhD students


  • MBiochem (Hons) Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry (2012, University of Oxford)
  • PhD in Viral Pathology (2016, University of Cambridge) 

Courses taught

  • Pharmacy MPharm
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences BSc
  • Pharmaceutical Biotechnology MSc

Membership of professional associations and societies

  • Biochemical Society (2008)
  • Microbiology Society (2012)
  • American Society of Virology (2015)
  • British Society of Immunology (2018)

Current research students

PhD student - Noha Mustafa (2nd supervisor)

For enquiries about PhD projects, contact