Dr Velislava Petrova | Postdoctoral Fellow

Petrova, Velislava

I am a Postdoctoral Fellow working in the field of immunogenetics. I use immune receptor sequencing to understand the evolution of antigen-specific responses to different antigens in infection, vaccination and autoimmunity.

My background is in the fields of immunology and infectious diseases. During my PhD, I worked on the development of methods for B-cell receptor sequencing, which I then applied in the context of virus infection and vaccination. My current postdoctoral work focuses on the investigation of antigen reactivity driving chronic inflammation in inflammatory bowel disease. In addition to my employment at the Wellcome Sanger Insitute, I am a Borysiewicz Fellow at the University of Cambridge. As part of this fellowship, I am working on a project inspired by one of the UN sustainable development goals which combines research and global health policy in the area of infectious diseases.


  • The evolution of seasonal influenza viruses.

    Petrova VN and Russell CA

    Nature reviews. Microbiology 2018;16;1;47-60

  • Deep sequencing of norovirus genomes defines evolutionary patterns in an urban tropical setting.

    Cotten M, Petrova V, Phan MV, Rabaa MA, Watson SJ et al.

    Journal of virology 2014;88;19;11056-69

  • Host genetic variants and gene expression patterns associated with Epstein-Barr virus copy number in lymphoblastoid cell lines.

    Houldcroft CJ, Petrova V, Liu JZ, Frampton D, Anderson CA et al.

    PloS one 2014;9;10;e108384

  • Full-genome deep sequencing and phylogenetic analysis of novel human betacoronavirus.

    Cotten M, Lam TT, Watson SJ, Palser AL, Petrova V et al.

    Emerging infectious diseases 2013;19;5;736-42B

  • Genome watch: The chronicles of virus-host affairs.

    Langat P and Petrova V

    Nature reviews. Microbiology 2015;13;8;460

Petrova, Velislava
Velislava's Timeline

Awarded the Borysiewicz Biomedical Sciences Fellowship


Started a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Wellcome Sanger Institute

Completed a PhD at the Wellcome Sanger Institute/Univeristy of Cambridge


Started the 4-Year Wellcome Trust PhD Programme at The Sanger Institute

Completed a BSc in Virology and Immunology at the University of Bristol


Completed a Placement Year at The Sanger Institute


Awarded Industrial Placement Scholarship at Pfizer, R&D Sandwich


Completed a summer placement at the Max Planck Institute, Göttingen