Hani Youssef
Hani Youssef
POST DOCTORAL RESEARCHER
Marie Sklodowska-Curie Action- Individual Fellowships(MSCA-IF)
Address: Bizkaia Science and Technology Park,
building 800, Derio (Bizkaia)
Structure and Cell Biology of Viruses Lab

Hani obtained his B.Sc (Honours) from the University of Ottawa (Canada), as well as an M.Sc from Laval University (Canada). He obtained his PhD from the Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona, specializing in the immune system of early vertebrates. He has also performed postdoctoral research at Cardiff University (UK), CISA-INIA (Madrid, Spain) and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (Winnipeg, Canada); with the latter two specializing in the development of livestock vaccines. He is currently a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow working on structure-function studies of Orthobunyaviridae

The Abrescia Lab’s field of expertise is in Structural Biology and Virology. The research group is focused on the understanding of viral pathogenesis, the virus-cell recognition mechanisms and the assembly principles of viruses.
Major targets of the investigation are viruses with an internal membrane and biomedical relevant human and animal enveloped viruses (members of the Flaviviridae and Bunyaviridae families).
The Abrescia Lab integrates state-of-the-art X-ray crystallography, electron microscopy, electron tomography structural techniques and biophysical methods such as Circular Dichroism and Multi-laser light scattering (MALLS) with expertise in recombinant protein production in bacterial and mammalian cell systems.
Specifically, access to high-end crystallographic and electron microscopy infrastructure is routinely available which allows the group to resolve the viral structures to atomic detail. New lines of research directed to the development of DNA vaccines and to the study of the mechanical properties of viruses are been established with success.
Finally, the group combines the generated structural knowledge with functional studies thanks to a network of worldwide recognized collaborators in the academic and private sectors.