Dr. Amy Buck

Amy Buck

Amy Buck

Professor of RNA and Infection Biology

Room 1.09
Ashworth Laboratories

Phone: 0131 651 3375

Email: a.buck[at]ed.ac.uk

2019-2020 – Max Planck Society Sabbatical Award, Institute of Biology, Tübingen

2018- Reader, University of Edinburgh

2012 – Wellcome Trust Research Career Development Fellow

2009 – 2012 Advanced Research Fellow, Center for Immunity, Infection and Evolution, University of Edinburgh

2009 – 2012  Thomas Work Fellow, Division of Pathway Medicine, Centre for Infectious Diseases, University of Edinburgh

2007 – 2009 Marie Curie Incoming International Fellow, scGTI, University of Edinburgh

2005-2007 Postdoctoral Researcher in Nucleic Acid Biosensors, scGTI, University of Edinburgh

2005 – PhD in Biochemistry, University of Colorado at Boulder


Amy Buck earned her PhD in Biochemistry at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where she studied RNA-protein dynamics in the RNase P ribozyme in the lab of Prof. Norman Pace. Wanting to apply her RNA background to the field of virology, she joined the Division of Pathway Medicine and the Centre for Infectious Diseases at the University of Edinburgh in 2005. She worked for 1.5 years as a postdoctoral researcher to develop nucleic acid biosensors while securing an Incoming Marie Curie Fellowship to focus on the biology and functions of microRNAs in viral infection.  In 2009, she started her own lab within the Wellcome Trust funded Centre for Immunity, Infection & Evolution at the University of Edinburgh, focusing on RNA functions in viral-host interactions and initiating a new line of research on RNA secretion in parasite infections.  Amy currently holds an ERC Consolidator Award for the study of RNA communication in helminth infections and is the Action Chair for European COST Network: RNA communication across kingdoms. Amy is co-Head of Institute for the Institute of Immunology & Infection Research.