Dana obtained her BSc (Hons) in Biomedical Science from the University of Surrey in 2018. As part of this programme she undertook a professional training year within the Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) Immunology group at The Pirbright Institute, between 2016-2017. She assisted in evaluating a methodology to effectively genetically modify porcine B cells, during which she developed a keen interest in bioimaging techniques.
Dana is currently undertaking her PhD at the University of Surrey, in collaboration with The Pirbright Institute, under the mentorship of Prof. Gill Elliott and Prof. Pippa Hawes. Her project aims to investigate the morphogenesis of the prototypic alphaherpesvirus herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1), utilising recombinant fluorescently-tagged viruses to examine tegument proteins within the infected cell.