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Department of Veterinary Medicine

Cambridge Veterinary School

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Dr Romain Volmer

Dr Romain Volmer

Wellcome Trust Intermediate Clinical Fellow

Office Phone: +44(0) 1223 769037


I am a Wellcome Trust Intermediate Clinical Fellow investigating the endoplasmic stress response in the context of metabolic diseases and viral infections. My work at the University of Cambridge is carried out in the laboratory of Pr. David Ron at the Institute of Metabolic Science and in the laboratory of Pr. Jonathan Heeney at the Department of Veterinary Medicine.

I obtained a PhD in 2005 from the Institut Pasteur in Paris where I studied how Borna disease virus infection of neurons interferes with synaptic vesicle recycling. Following my PhD, I joined the National Veterinary School of Toulouse where I was studying the contribution of influenza A virus NS1 protein to host adaptation.

Departments and Institutes

Cambridge Infectious Diseases:

Research Interests

Cell biology: influence of the lipid bilayer properties on the function of membrane proteins

Virology: causes of consequences of virus-induced membrane rearrangements


  • Innate Immunity

Key Publications

Soubies SM, Hoffmann TW, Croville G, Larcher T, Ledevin M, Soubieux D, Quere P, Guerin JL, Marc D, Volmer R (2013). Deletion of the C-terminal ESEV domain of NS1 does not affect the replication of a low-pathogenic avian influenza virus H7N1 in ducks and chickens. The Journal of general virology 94, 50-58.

Hoffmann TW, Munier S, Larcher T, Soubieux D, Ledevin M, Esnault E, Tourdes A, Croville G, Guerin JL, Quere P, Volmer R, Naffakh N, Marc D (2012) Length variations in the NA stalk of an H7N1 influenza virus have opposite effects on viral excretion in chickens and ducks. Journal of virology 86: 584-588.

Bavagnoli L, Dundon WG, Garbelli A, Zecchin B, Milani A, Parakkal G, Baldanti F, Paolucci S, Volmer R, Tu Y, Wu C, Capua I, Maga G (2011) The PDZ-ligand and Src-homology type 3 domains of epidemic avian influenza virus NS1 protein modulate human Src kinase activity during viral infection. PloS one 6: e27789.

Volmer C, Soubies SM, Grenier B, Guerin JL, Volmer R (2011) Immune response in the duck intestine following infection with low-pathogenic avian influenza viruses or stimulation with a Toll-like receptor 7 agonist administered orally. The Journal of general virology 92: 534-543.

Soubies SM, Volmer C, Croville G, Loupias J, Peralta B, Costes P, Lacroux C, Guerin JL, Volmer R (2010) Species-specific contribution of the four C-terminal amino acids of influenza A virus NS1 protein to virulence. Journal of virology 84: 6733-6747.

Soubies SM, Volmer C, Guerin JL, Volmer R (2010) Truncation of the NS1 protein converts a low pathogenic avian influenza virus into a strong interferon inducer in duck cells. Avian diseases 54: 527-531

Volmer R, Mazel-Sanchez B, Volmer C, Soubies SM, Guerin JL (2010) Nucleolar localization of influenza A NS1: striking differences between mammalian and avian cells. Virology journal 7: 63.

Volmer R, Prat CM, Le Masson G, Garenne A, Gonzalez-Dunia D (2007) Borna disease virus infection impairs synaptic plasticity. Journal of virology 81: 8833-8837.

Volmer R, Monnet C, Gonzalez-Dunia D (2006) Borna disease virus blocks potentiation of presynaptic activity through inhibition of protein kinase C signaling. PLoS pathogens 2: e19.

Volmer R*, Bajramovic JJ*, Schneider U, Ufano S, Pochet S, Gonzalez-Dunia D (2005) Mechanism of the antiviral action of 1-beta-D-arabinofuranosylcytosine on Borna disease virus. Journal of virology 79: 4514-4518. * equal contribution

Gonzalez-Dunia D, Volmer R, Mayer D, Schwemmle M (2005) Borna disease virus interference with neuronal plasticity. Virus research 111: 224-234. (Review article)

Bajramovic JJ*, Volmer R*, Syan S, Pochet S, Gonzalez-Dunia D (2004) 2'-fluoro-2'-deoxycytidine inhibits Borna disease virus replication and spread. Antimicrobial agents and chemotherapy 48: 1422-1425. * equal contribution