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We waved good bye to our friends and lab buddies, The Gupta lab, October 2019

More great cakes to see the Gupta lab on their way.

 

The Gupta lab have moved to Cambridge University! We wish them well.


With 4 PhD students graduating at the same time, it is time for a party! October 2019

Epic cake to celebrate 4 PhD students finsihing together

Cutting the amazing cakes to celebrate the 4 PhD students finishing together

Doug, Liane, Hale, Rob, Tafhima, and Lauren at the Towers PhD student finishing party

Dami, MT, Petra, Lorena and Greg at the Towers PhD student finishing party

Becky, Richard and Clare at the Towers PhD student finishing party

Doug opens the magnum!

Doug, Lauren, Stephen, and Hataf celebrate their PhDs

Stephen, James and Hataf at the Towers PhD student finishing party

Hataf, Stephen, Doug and Lauren have all written up and handed in!


John Walter's Latest Exhibition Opens at 'DCUK', September, 2019

John Walters 'Brexit Gothic' DCUK exhibition

Chris, Richard, Greg and Eran at the opening of John's exhibition 'Brexit Gothic' at DCUK

'Brexit Gothic', John's latest exhibition has opened at DCUK in Peckham. DCUK is a hair salon that had the radical idea to dispense with mirrors and instead use the space to display art. Head over to enjoy John's art and maybe even indulge in a new hairdo while you are there!


Congratulations to Hataf on successfuly defending his PhD! August 2019

Prof Jan Rehwinkel, Dr Hataf Khan and Prof Eran Bacharach. Hataf and his examiners celebrate his PhD, Aug 2019

 


The Towers lab attended the 44th annual meeting on Retroviruses at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, May 2019

Ak from the Jolly Lab presenting at CSH Retrovirus conference May 2019

Lorena, Dejan, Maitreyi, Tafhima, Petra and Doug enjoy a lunch break at the Retrovirus conference at CSH, May 2019

Doug, Lorena and Becky presented: 'VPX Enhances DNA Sensing by cGAS/STING', 'Non-Pandemic HIV Capsids fail to Protect Viral DNA from DNA Sensors and Nucleases' and 'HIV-1 Protease Inhibitors Cause Formation of Defective Viral Particles that Activate cGAS Dependent Innate Immune Response' resepctively.


Lucy Attended the 6th ANRS HBV Cure Workshop in Paris, May 2019

Lucy attended the 6th ANRS HBV Cure Workshop in Paris, May 2019

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The conference was held in a superb location right next to the Eiffel Tower. She was there to explore translating new ideas from HIV to HBV and to form new collaborations.


Congratulations to Che and Lucy who have been nominated in the UCLU student choice awards, May 2019

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Dr Lucy Thorne

The Student Choice Awards are a way for students to thank an amazing member of staff, and let them know that their hard work makes a difference. Che has been nominated for 'Excellent research supervision' and Lucy for 'Brilliant research based education'


Lucy takes 'Outbreak!' to Ghana, May 2019

Students participating in Lucy's 'Outbreak!" activity in Ghana, May 2019

Lucy and other volunteers enjoy a break while teaching the 'Outbreak!' activity in Ghana, May 2019

Lucy recently visited Accra, Ghana, to help colleagues from the University of Cambridge and NGO Vacation Initiatives in Science Africa (VISA) with their first public engagement event, initiated by Sabastine Arthur.  Lucy trained the team in how to run the Outbreak activity she has developed, in which school children play the role of infectious disease scientists racing to investigate the cause of a mystery outbreak of disease that begins in their school and spreads nationwide. The students perform lab tests to discover the cause and they then have to plan how to contain the outbreak and hold a press conference to communicate their findings with the world's media. Lucy trained a team of infectious disease research scientists, medics and STEM student volunteers to work with the students, and they ran 4 sessions over two days, engaging over 120 children at a local secondary school. The team then carried on to run 4 more sessions in a village in Nkurakan in the Eastern Region of Ghana.


The Atrs Council have aquired 17 works by Dr John Walter, April 2019

The Arts Council Collection Logo

'HIV Life Cycle' by John Walters

The works are from his project CAPSID, run in collaboration with the Towers lab and exhibited at 'HOME' in Manchester.


Our BSc students have finished their projects, April 2019

Soophie, Becky, Doug, James, Che and Caitlyn celebrate the final handing in the BSc projects

 

A fond fairwell to James, Caitlyn, Sophie and Dan, pictured here with their supervisors, who have finished and written up their projects.


EMBO Workshop 'Pathogen immunity and signalling' was held in Oxford, March 2019

Greg, Becky and Lucy outside Keble College, Oxford, EMBO meeting 2019

Becky presents her flash talk at the EMBO Pathogen immunity and signalling workshop in Oxford, 2019

Lorena presents her poster at the EMBO Pathogen immunity and signalling workshop in Oxford, 2019

Lucy and Hataf present their posters at the EMBO Pathogen immunity and signalling workshop in Oxford, 2019

Becky, Hataf, Elisa, Lorena, Lucy and Pierre enjoy dinner at Keble College, Oxford at the EMBO Pathogen immunity and signalling workshop, 2019

Che presents her poster at the EMBO Pathogen immunity and signalling workshop in Oxford, 2019

The Towers lab was well represented with 5 posters and Becky presenting a flash talk: 'HIV-1 protease inhibitors drive formation of defective viral particles that activate a cGAS-dependent innate immune response.'


James Cai has won the the 2018 undergraduate bursary report prize from the Pathological Society, March 2019

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Congratulations to James who, having secured a bursary from the Pathological Society for his summer project, has had his report judged the best research report of the 2018 undergraduate elective bursary reports


Che and Greg have won a Research Grant from the MRC, March 2019

The 3 year grant is to study 'Characterisation and therapeutic manipulation of Flaviviridae innate immune evasion'


Prof Marcelo Ehrilich visits from Tel Aviv University, March 2019

Greg Towers, Carlos Maluquer de Motes, Becky Sumner, Eran Bacharach, Marcelo Ehrlich enjoy dinner at Ragam, March 2019

 

The Towers lab welcome Prof Marcelo Ehrlich with curry at Ragam.


The Towers Lab is feratured on the Wellcome facebook page 'The Power of Art and Science Collaboration'

The Towers Lab features on the Wellcome Trust's cover picture on Facebook

The Wellcome Trust has done a feature 'The Power of Art and Science Collaboration' on Facebook

The Wellcome Trust has written an article on Facebook 'The Power of Art and Science Collaboration' focusing on the work of Dr John Walter with the Towers lab.


Congratulations to Prof Ravi Gupta and his group on their collaborative paper documenting the second patient free of HIV following Stem-Cell Therapy, March 2019

Becky on a Portugese news clip reporting on Prof Ravi Gupta's collaborative paper documenting the second patient to become HIV free following stem-cell therapy

Second patient free of HIV after stem-cell therapy:  Gupta RK, Abdul-Jawad S, McCoy LE, Mok HP, Peppa D, Salgado M, Martinez-Picado J, Nijhuis M, Wensing AMJ, Lee H, Grant P, Nastouli E, Lambert J, Pace M, Salasc F, Monit C, Innes A, Muir L, Waters L, Frater J, Lever AML, Edwards SG, Gabriel IH, Olavarria E. HIV-1 remission following CCR5Δ32/Δ32 haematopoietic stem-cell transplantation. Nature. 2019 Mar 5. doi: 10.1038/s41586-019-1027-4. [Epub ahead of print]

Prof Gupta presented the work at CROI 2019

The Associated Press video can be viewed here

Ravi Gupta's paper in Nature is reported across the world. Becky is seen here on Portuguese TV illustrating the work done on 'REMISSION OF THE VIRUS HIV: British patient is 18 months without sign of infection'


Greg presented at the 1st Max Planck Society Workshop on HIV Reservoirs and Evolution in St Lucia, South Africa. January 2019

Prof Greg Towers presents at the 1st Max Planck Society Workshop on HIV Reservoirs and Evolution in St Lucia, South Africa

Rhino spotting on safari following the 1st Max Planck Society Workshop on HIV Reservoirs and Evolution in St Lucia, South Africa

Greg presented 'Can HIV-1(M) Gag facilitate pandemic transmission levels through adaptation to evade innate immune sensing?' at the 1st Max Planck Society Workshop on HIV Reservoirs and Evolution in St Lucia, South Africa. An awesome setting for world class science followed by safari with Ravi, Clare, and Laura.


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