CIDCATS Student Profile

CIDCATS Student Eva Weiss

Eva Weiss

2013 entry

Infectious diseases are still one of the leading causes of death, especially in the developing world. Many of these are caused by viruses, yet, current antiviral strategies are insufficient. Working on learning more about the virus life cycle and how we can interrupt it by efficient drugs, could save millions of lives.


Before starting my PhD within the CIDCATS programme, I did my MSc in Biomedicine at Karolinska Institutet. I was already interested in infectious diseases before commencing my Masters after a summer placement in 2011 between Bachelor and Master studies. My interest in this field only grew during the two years at KI, where I also specialized in immunology and infection.

It was clear to me that I wanted to also do my PhD in this field. During a summer placement in a bioinformatics group, I developed my passion for computational work and wanted to keep working with these methods later on. Combining computational methods and the field of infection the CIDCATS programme was thus the perfect choice for me.

PhD project title

Packaging-signal mediated assembly mechanisms in single-stranded RNA viruses


Dr Erik Dykeman (Maths) and Prof Reidun Twarock (Biology/Maths//YCCSA)