Virology Division

The Virology Division promotes fundamental studies of the natural history, cellular and molecular biology, immunology and molecular pathogenesis of viruses of all kinds. The laboratory, clinical and field study of viruses and virus infection in the context of human, veterinary and plant disease.


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Stephen Griffin




Joanne Parish


Members of division and areas of expertise

  • Stephen Griffin – Chair (Translational/drugs/vaccines)
  • Joanne Parish – Chair-Elect (DNA)
  • Blair Strang (Translational/drugs/vaccines)
  • Chris McCormick (General virology)
  • Claire Shannon-Lowe (Clinical virology)
  • Edward Hutchinson (Emerging/arboviruses)
  • Goedele Maertens (General virology)
  • Holly Shelton (RNA)
  • Matthew Reeves (DNA)
  • Nicolas Locker (Translational/drugs/vaccines)
  • Rachael Tarlinton (RNA)
  • Stephen Winchester (CVN)
  • Tamyo Mbisa (CVN)

Virology Division ECM Forum Representative: Andrew Bosworth

Why does microbiology matter? 

"Microbiology matters because micro-organisms are everywhere, and they are both good and bad for us. We need to understand the diseases they cause in man and animals; and work out how to prevent and treat them. But it is also imperative that we learn how to harness the power of micro-organisms for our benefit – be it to digest the mountains of plastic waste produced across the globe, to manufacture new antibiotics, or to treat cancers with the likes of targeted oncolytic viruses."

Gill Elliot, previous Chair of the Virology Division

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