Why microbiology matters
Understanding viruses and challenges in microbiology
Viruses are the smallest of all the microbes, and they are unique because they are only alive and able to multiply inside the cells of other living things. Explore the life cycle of pathogens and how they spread, emerging viruses and how viruses are treated.
Vaccines: the global challenge for microbiology
Vaccines are made from microbes that are dead or inactive so that they are unable to cause disease. Learn more about how vaccines work, are produced, herd immunity and eradicating disease.
Members working in the field of SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 research
Learn more about our members working in the field of SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 research. We will be adding profiles of those conducting research in the field throughout the year.
Members focused area: Viruses
Learn more about our members working in the field of virology in this series of Q&As.
Members focused area: Vaccines
Discover more about our members working in the field of vaccine research, including those that focus on emerging viruses.
COVID-19 testing in the Milton Keynes Lighthouse Laboratory
Connor Hayward, PhD student at the University of Leeds, signed up to assist with testing efforts for COVID-19 in one of three Lighthouse Laboratories. In this blog he tells us more about his experience.
Covid-19 testing in the UK Lighthouse Labs
In this blog, having just finished 7 weeks at the Milton Keynes Lighthouse Lab, PhD student Ellie Boardman reflects on what it was like.
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