Professor Christine Carrington

Head of Department- Preclinical Sciences

The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus Trinidad and Tobago, W.I.

Telephone: 868-645 3232 ext 4643


Christine Carrington is Professor of Molecular Genetics and Virology and the current Head of the Department of Preclinical Sciences. She holds a BSc in Biotechnology and a PhD in Molecular Virology, both from the University of London (King’s College and the Institute of Cancer Research respectively) and has been involved in infectious disease research for since 1990.

Her primary research interest is understanding evolutionary and ecological factors involved in the emergence, spread and maintenance of viruses, especially emerging vector-borne RNA viruses such as zika, chikungunya, dengue, yellow fever, and rabies viruses. Other interests include biosurveillance, characterisation of immune responses against emerging viruses, viral discovery, defining the “viromes” of species that are likely sources of potentially emergent viruses (e.g. bats) and identifying factors that determine susceptibility / resistance to disease, including the role of the microbiome.

She particularly enjoys working with graduate research students and in 2011 she received a UWI Research Award for Outstanding Research Mentorship.

For more information you can find her ResearchGate profile here and her Google Scholar profile here


  • BSc (Hons) Biotechnology (Lond.)
  • PhD Molecular Virology (Lond.)
  • AKC

Research Interests

  • Emerging infectious diseases, especially emerging vector-borne RNA viruses such as zika, chikungunya, dengue, yellow fever, and rabies viruses.
  • Viral Evolution, Phylogenetics and Phylogeography
  • Viral Diversity, Viral Discovery , Virome studies and Biosurveillance, especially in relation to emergence of viruses
  • Role of the microbiome studies in determining disease susceptibility / resistance

Featured Work


  • Molecular Virology
  • Molecular Genetics
  • Virus Evolution
  • Phylogenetics
  • Phylogeography
  • Emerging viruses (esp. mosquito-borne and other vector-borne RNA viruses).

Honours and Awards

  • UWI Research Award for Outstanding Research Mentorship (2012)
  • Selected as one of the UWI’s 60 leading academics (“60 under 60”) (2008)
  • Commonwealth Research Fellowship (2004)
  • Wellcome Trust Research Development Award (1996)
  • Leukaemia Research Fund Fellowship (1994)
  • Leukaemia Research Fund Studentship (1990)
  • Wellcome Trust Summer Scholarship (1989)
  • King’s College Sambrooke Exhibition Prize (1988, 1989)
  • Trinidad and Tobago Government National Scholarship (1986)

UWI Service

  • Public Orator (2017 - present)
  • Chair, Campus Open Lectures Committee (2016 - present)

Public Service

  • Associate Editor: Virus Evolution (Oxford University Press).
  • Trinidad and Tobago Representative, Board of Governors, International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (Aug 2017 – present).
  • Member of Ministry of Health Committee to prepare National Clinical Guidelines for Zika virus and pregnancy (2016).
  • Selection Officer and founding member of United World Colleges (Trinidad and Tobago) (established June 2003)
  • Member of Advisory Committee to Senate (advising on introduction of DNA testing to Forensic Sciences Centre; 1998)

Professional Memberships

  • American Society for Virology
  • American Society for Microbiology
  • American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene

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