Section of Virology

Our 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.

Section lead

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Professor Nicolas Locker

Professor of Virology

Section members

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Professor David Blackbourn

Head of the School of Biosciences and Medicine

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Professor Gill Elliott

Professor of Virology

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Dr Carlos Maluquer de Motes

Lecturer in Virus/Host Interactions

Research staff

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Dr Michele Brocard

Research Fellow in Virology

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Dr Ibrahim Hemadeh

Research fellow

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Emily Relton

Research Officer in RNA Biology

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Dr Tiffany Russell

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

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Dr Rebecca Sumner

Postdoctoral Researcher

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Dr Emma Wise

Research Fellow in Virology

Postgraduate research students

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Matthew Brownsword

Postgraduate research student

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Lucy Eke

Postgraduate research student

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Jo Kite

Postgraduate research student

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Dana Perry

Postgraduate research student

Technical Staff

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Angela Boxall

Laboratory Manager

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