Emma Thomson is Clinical Professor of Infectious Diseases at the MRC-University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a consultant in infectious diseases in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. She trained in infectious in London and carried out her PhD at Imperial College London and the University of Oxford. She is funded by the MRC, HDR-UK, the UK Rapid Support Team and Scottish government to investigate new and emerging viral infections in the UK and sub-Saharan Africa using metagenomic next generation sequencing approaches. She is a member of the COG-UK, ISARIC4C and Genotype2Phenotype consortia. She leads the EVADE and DOVE studies that aim to evaluate vaccine effectiveness to emerging SARS-CoV-2 variants. She has sequenced a number of viruses, including novel viruses in partnership with the Uganda Virus Research Institute including CCHF, Ebola, HCV, HIV and hantaviruses using metagenomics and target enrichment based approaches and has recently been working on cases of unexplained paediatric hepatitis in Scottish children.