Dr Lemonica Koumbi is a Post-Doctoral Researcher with a special interest on hepatitis B virus (HBV). Following her MSc in Human Molecular Genetics in Imperial College in 2001, she completed her PhD on neonatal immune responses in HBV infection in Medical University of Athens, Greece. In her PhD she showed that non-infected neonates born to HBV carrier mothers encounter the virus intrauterinally and that the antigen presentation system of carrier mothers is compromised. Dr Koumbi was a Research Fellow in the Hepatology Department of Imperial College in London. In her latest research she demonstrated that specific core HBV mutations decrease viral replication by epigenetic control mechanisms and affect natural killer cell expression and function, suggesting novel viral escape mechanisms. She was granted with a number of fellowships and awards from the European Association for the study of the Liver (EASL), European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO), European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID) and European Society for Paediatric Infectious Diseases (ESPID).
Dr Lemonica Koumbi's research interests include: Hepatitis B virus, Viral Immune Responses, Viral Hepatitis, Viral Epigenetics, Natural Killer Cells.