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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

'The 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 children learn about spreading virus by sneezing (Left), tape worms (centre) and make their own virus (right)

iDiscover came to our lab to learn about viruses and allow the children to see science in a real world setting. They met Professor Towers as well as PostDocs and PhD students and made 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 will explain how viruses use the body to replicate and spread.





Dr Chris and Operation Ouch come to work

The Towers lab pulls the 'Operation Ouch face' in the lab with Dr Chris

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

Left: Greg in discussion with Jeremy Luben. Right: Becky in the poster session at CSH 2015



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.


Left: the feet of the lab workers. Right: sunset from the IHP camp

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.

I 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 the labs as diagnostic facilities. The labs were some of the only brick built buildings on site at the ETCs so they can be left functional as part of the legacy.

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.


The Resort at Squaw Creek, for the Keystone meeting




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.


Left: Julia Weinelt, Jane Rasaiyaah, Jonathan Sumner and Maria Teresa Rodriguez Plata on Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa, Right: the last Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation Youth Centre in Masiphumele



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 brings Operation Ouch to the Max perutz science writing awards



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 

Greg and Jane discuss the abstracts (left) and Greg and Felipe chat at the picnic (right)

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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