Kyriaki Neophytou

Kyriaki Neophytou

Kyriaki Neophytou

Room 1.20
Ashworth Laboratories II

Phone: +44 (0) 131 651 3617


  • 2018-Present PhD student, Institute of Infection and Immunology Research, The University
    of Edinburgh
    Project: Studying the function of an Argonaute protein secreted from Heligmosomoides bakeri
  • 2017-2018 MSc by Research in Hosts, Pathogens & Global Health (Part of the Wellcome
    Trust funded 4 year PhD programme Hosts, Pathogens & Global Health), The University of
    Projects: The mechanistic basis of tolerating infection; Tracking host and parasite RNA using CLICK chemistry; Characterisation of a trypanosome small RNA
  • 2016-2017 Analytical Molecular Biology industrial placement student, Allergan Biologics Ltd., an affiliate of Allergan plc, Liverpool
  • 2012-2017 BSc in Biological Sciences with Honours in Molecular Genetics, The University of Edinburgh
    Project: Characterisation of a unique bacterial homologue of eukaryotic ubiquitin

Research Interests

I am interested in cross-species communication and particularly in host-parasite interactions. My current research focuses on determining the function of a parasite-derived Argonaute protein.


Chow FWN, Koutsovoulos G, Ovando-Vázquez C, Neophytou K, Bermúdez-Barrientos J, Laetsch DR, Robertson E, Kumar S, Claycomb JM, Blaxter M, Abreu-Goodger C and Buck AH (2019) Secretion of an Argonaute protein by a parasitic nematode and the evolution of its siRNA guides. Nucleic Acids Research, 47(7): 3594-3606. Available at: