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'



Read more about the Towers lab news on our News page.

Cheltenham Science Fair, June 2015

Greg uses talc todemonstrate how to spread viruses by sneezing.

Chris Van Tulleken and Greg will present 'Viruses: Sneezes and Gore' at the Cheltenham Science Fair on 6th June.

Dr Chris and Operation Ouch come to work, June 2015

The Towers lab with our very own Dr Chris from Operation Ouch (Dr Chris van Tulleken)

The Operation Ouch team filmed Dr Chris Van Tulleken (Dr Chris) studying for his PhD in the Towers Lab.

Cold Spring Harbor, May 2015

Torstein Schaller and Greg at CSH 2015

Laura presented at the 2015 Retrovirus meeting in Cold Spring Harbor

Embo Paper, May 2015

The lab celebrates Adam's Ubiquitin paper getting into EMBO

Adam's article "TRIM5a requires Ube2W to anchor Lys63-linked ubiquitin chains and restrict reverse transcription" is in press at EMBO.

Sierra Leone, April 2015

Sample Reception at Port Loko PHE laboratory, Sierra Leone

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.

Keystone, April 2015

Tan presented at the 2015 Innate Immunity and Determinants of microbial Pathogenesis conference run by Keystone Symposia in Silverthorne, Colorado.

Mucosal surfaces, reproductive health and HIV in prevention research Workshop, Jan 2015

Jane R and Teresa presented at the 2015 Mucosal surfaces, reproductive health and HIV in prevention research Workshop in Cape Town, South Africa.

Could I get Ebola? Jan 2015

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.

Feature, Oct 2014

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.

Award, Oct 2014

Dr Chris Van Tulleken accepts the 2014 Max Perutz science writing prize

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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