Towers Lab Christmas celebrations, December 2015
The Towers lab celebrated Christmas with a curry at the Sri Lankan restaurant 'Watch Me' with friends. Earlier, some of the lab's braver members took on the 6 degree temperatures at the Kings Cross natural pond.
The Division Celebrates our Successful P.I.s , September 2015
Food and wine reception was held to congratulate 4 of the Division's P.I.s for securing Wellcome Turst grants. For more pictures see the Wellcome Trust Reception Gallery
Wellcome Trust Grants, July 2015
Greg has secured a further 5 years of funding from the Welcome Trust along with fellow Division of Infection and Immunity researchers Dr Clare Jolly, Dr Ravi Gupta and Dr Joe Grove. Many congratulations to all.
Greg: Senior Research Fellowship renewal
'Characterisation of innate immune DNA sensing and viral evasion strategies'
Clare: Wellcome Trust Investigator Award.
"Virus-Host interactions regulating HIV-1 replication in T cells"
Ravi: Wellcome Senior Research Fellowship in Clinical Science
genetics and biology of drug resistant HIV'
Joe: Sir Henry Dale Fellowship, jointly funded by the Wellcome Trust and Royal Society.
'Characterising viral antibody evasion by conformational masking'
iDiscover came to the lab, June 2015
iDiscover came to our lab to learn about viruses and allow the children to see science in a real world setting. They met with Professor Towers, PostDocs and PhD students and were able to use microscopes and make plasticine models of their own virus creations.
Cheltenham Science Fair, June 2015
Greg presented alongside Chris and Xand van Tulleken 'Viruses: Sneezes and Gore' at the Cheltenham Science fair on 6th June. Using real blood and guts they explained how viruses use the body to replicate and spread.
Dr Chris and Operation Ouch come to work
Dr Chris Van Tulleken, also known as Dr Chris from the BAFTA winning children's programme 'Operation Ouch', was filmed in the lab for a episode following him working for his PhD. Children will be able to watch as he works in tissue culture, at his bench and with his boss, Greg.
Cold Spring Harbor, May 2015
Laura Presented at the 2015 Retrovirus meeting at Cold Spring Harbor. Visit our CSH gallery
Embo Paper, May 2015
Adam's paper "TRIM5a requires Ube2W to anchor Lys63-linked ubiquitin chains and restrict reverse transcription" was accepted by EMBO.
Sierra Leone, April 2015
Jane T spent 5 weeks working in an Ebola diagnostic lab in Port Loko, Sierra Leone.
Sierra Leone is one of the world’s poorest countries and Ebola has struck hard. The schools shut, gatherings, including markets, were made illegal, construction and other projects were stopped all in order to stem the spread of the virus. Many people lost their jobs. There is also a stigma associated with working with or surviving Ebola. It has been a crippling time for them.
went with a team of 12 volunteers drawn from PHE, the NHS and various
universities. We stayed in the
IHP (International Humanitarian Partnership) camp. An impressive collection
of tents with proper showers, laundry and kitchens, all managed by the Danish
military. We were very well looked after.
The lab was open from 6am to 10pm. We processed samples from the ETC (Ebola Treatment Centre) in Port Loko, and from the community, by RT-PCR to test for Ebola. We also tested for Malaria as that is a big killer so it was important the ETCs treated that as well. The health system has taken a big hit so management of other health issues has fallen by the way allowing other diseases such as Measles to also make a comeback.
West Africa is finally emerging from this outbreak. In the week to the 13th May there were 7 new cases in Guinea and only 2 in Sierra Leone (WHO Ebola situation reports). The schools reopened in April and the lab teams there at the moment are training local people so they can continue to run PHE labs as diagnostic facilities.
It was a very positive and intense experience. I am grateful for the opportunity and I would redeploy in a heartbeat!
Keystone, April 2015
Tan presented at the 2015 Innate Immunity and Determinants of microbial Pathogenesis conference run by Keystone Symposia.
Mucosal surfaces, reproductive health and HIV in prevention research Workshop, Jan 2015
Jane 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.
Evening Standard Feature, Oct 2015
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.
Dr Chris Van Tulleken wins the Max Perutz Science Writing Award, Oct 2015
Chris Van Tulleken celebrated winning the MRC’s Max Perutz Science Writing award sponsored by Metro at the Royal Institution in London this month. The award recognises and celebrates excellent written science communication by MRC PhD students who submit an 800 word article answering ‘Why does my research matter?’. Chris’s article entitled “Ex Africa Semper Aliquid Novo” discusses the sometimes surprising pathway research takes to realise its goals.
Cold Spring Harbor, May 2014
Greg and Jane presented at the Retrovirus meeting in Cold Spring Harbor
Visit our Cold Spring Harbor gallery
CROI Presentation, March 2014
Greg presented at the 2014 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections at Croi. His talk entitled 'HIV-1 Evades Innate Immune Recognition Through Specific Co-Factor Recruitment' is available as a podcast.
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