Virology is the study of viral infections, such as rubella, herpes, hepatitis and HIV. Virologists specialise in the identification and characterisation of viruses that cause infection. Virologists may screen populations at risk of specific diseases or investigate how diseases have spread through the environment. Virologists may have research interests such as sterilisation and disinfection, the design and maintenance of operating theatres and other clinical areas, cleaning and waste disposal or food preparation and hygiene.
Attributes: logical, curious and patient
- The Primary Science Teaching Trust has a downloadable slideshow (PDF) about Alexandra Wilson, a downloadable slideshow (PDF) about Dr Grace Roberts and a downloadable slideshow about Nelly Mak. who are all virologists. It’s part of their resource A Scientist Just Like Me.