UCL Therapeutic Innovation Networks


Expand your experimental toolkit: Viral delivery tips for all researchers

16 July 2020, 3:00 pm–3:45 pm

This Cell & Gene Therapy TIN event introduces GeneTxNeuro - a facility giving researchers access to resources needed to make viral vectors.

Event Information

Open to

UCL staff | UCL students




Alina Shrourou


Online (Teams)

This educational webinar will cover the practical aspects of using Adeno-Associated Viruses (AAV) and lentiviruses to deliver and express Your Favourite Gene (YFG) in vivo for both basic research and pre-clinical studies of gene therapy treatments.

With expertise in translational neuroscience, Professor Stephanie Schorge, Dr Ahad Rahim and Dr Giulia Massaro, will highlight tips and tricks to help any researcher use viral delivery for basic and translational neuroscience. This will include:

  • How to design a viral vector and which capsid to use
  • What is needed to make viral particles
  • How many are needed for different studies
  • What resources are available for help, including the new UCL GeneTxNeuro Facility based at the UCL School of Pharmacy


GeneTxNeuro is a facility that gives all UCL researchers access to the equipment and expertise needed to make AAV and lentis for research and preclinical work.

The webinar will highlight the services and benefits offered by the facility, including:

  • Providing expertise and support for new and established researchers wishing to design, synthesis and use these tools.
  • Extra support for researchers not experienced with viral work from a dedicated research fellow with extensive expertise who can help advise on aspects from design of the expression cassette to injection of the vector.
  • Information sharing for gene therapy users across UCL to share best practice and innovations to keep UCL at the front of this field.


Who should attend?

Basic and translational researchers from across UCL at any career stage (PhD students to PIs) with an interest in gene therapy and learning more about what research questions they may address with the tools and services offered by the facility.

Please note - you must register with your UCL email address to attend. The event will be hosted via teams and only UCL emails will be given access to the event. Once registered, you will receive the access information.

If you have any questions about the event or have any issues connecting on the day, please contact Alina Shrourou from the UCL Translational Research Office (a.shrourou@ucl.ac.uk).