School of Biosciences and Medicine

Section of Virology

Discover the Section of Virology, whose research focuses on the relationship between the virus and the host cell, using a number of DNA viruses (HSV1, KSHV, and poxviruses), and RNA viruses (caliciviruses, flaviviruses) as model systems.

Research interests

  • Cellular responses to virus infection – cell defence and virus counter-mechanisms involved in the interplay between virus and cell
  • Regulation of virus protein synthesis - how viruses hijack the cellular translational machinery to enable large-scale virus production
  • Virus morphogenesis – the interactions and cellular transport pathways involved in virus assembly and egress

We are expert in classical virology, molecular biology and cellular biology approaches, and use state-of-the-art techniques ranging from single cell imaging to proteomics, RNAseq and translatomics to help us build a greater understanding of how viruses successfully subvert their host cells.

People in the Section of Virology

Section lead

Name Role
Professor Gill Elliott Head of Department of Microbial and Cellular Sciences, Professor of Virology

Section members

Name Role
Professor David J. Blackbourn Head of the School of Biosciences and Medicine 
Professor Vince Emery Senior Vice-President (Global Strategy and Engagement) and Professor of Translational Virology
Dr Nicolas Locker Senior Lecturer in Virology 
Dr Carlos Maluquer de Motes Lecturer in Virus/Host Interactions
Dr Kevin Maringer Lecturer in Microbiology