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Modra Murovska, MD, Ph.D., Leading Researcher and former Director of the Institute of Microbiology and Virology, RSU, Full Member of the Latvian Academy of Sciences, VirA project coordinator.

Her scientific interests are virology, blood-borne viruses, persistent viral infections and their association with human pathologies, implication of viral infections in the pathogenesis of chronic inflammatory and autoimmune diseases (including neural diseases), role of viral infections in cancer development.

In 2000 M. Murovska had got American Society for Microbiology Morrison Rogosa Award. She has strong experience in leadership of national and international (FP7 Baltinfect, COST Action CA15111) research projects and is the author and co-author of more than 150 original papers, 6 review papers and one monograph.