Welcome to the Towers Lab
We aim to understand the molecular details of host virus interactions, to develop novel therapeutic approaches for viral infection and to use viruses to help us understand mammalian cell biology and evolution. For a lay summery of our work, visit the BRC review of Jane's work published in Nature: 'Discovery of HIV 'invisibility cloak' reveals new treatment opportunities'
Greg and Chris presented 'Viruses: Sneezes and Gore' at the Cheltenham Science Fair on 6th June
The Operation Ouch team filmed Dr Chris Van Tulleken (Dr Chris) studying for his PhD in the Towers Lab.
Greg was interviewed by Dr Chris Van Tulleken in his documentary investigating the risk of an Ebola outbreak in the UK. How easy is it to catch? Could the virus improve it's methods of transmission? Watch 'Could I get Ebola?' on BBC iPlayer.
Doctors Chris and Xand Van Tulleken were featured in the Evening Standard's Life & Style Magazine. To read about Chris' circuitous route into HIV research, click here.
Carlton School visited our teaching labs. The children precipitated DNA, spooling it out in long strings shown below, and learned how to pipette before designing their own viruses complete with the horrible diseases they would cause.
Click for some pictures of the visit.
Read more about the Towers lab news on our News page.
Congratulations to Prof Greg Towers who, along with Dr Clare Jolly, Dr Ravi Gupta and Dr Joe Grove, secured grants from the Wellcome Trust to fund their labs for the next 5 years!
Laura presented at the 2015 Retrovirus meeting in Cold Spring Harbor
Adam's article "TRIM5a requires Ube2W to anchor Lys63-linked ubiquitin
chains and restrict reverse transcription" has been published in EMBO.
The Towers lab has sent volunteers to West
Africa to help with the international response to the Ebola outbreak. Jane
Turner spent 5 weeks working in a diagnostic lab run by GOAL at their Ebola
Treatment Centre in Port Loko.
Tan presented at the 2015 Innate Immunity and Determinants of microbial Pathogenesis conference run by Keystone Symposia in Silverthorne, Colorado.
Jane R and Teresa presented at the 2015 Mucosal surfaces, reproductive health and HIV in prevention research Workshop in Cape Town, South Africa.
Dr Chris Van Tulleken celebrated winning the MRC’s Max Perutz Science Writing award at the Royal Institution in London this month. Visit our news page to read his article “Ex Africa Semper Aliquid Novo”.
We are funded by Senior Biomedical Research Fellowship from the Wellcome Trust No 090940 to Professor Greg Towers and also by: a European Research Council Advanced Award, a Medical Research Council confidence in concept award, a UCL Business proof of concept award, the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) University College London Hospitals Biomedical Research Centre and the UCL MRC Centre for Medical Molecular Virology.
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