The Section of Virology is based primarily on the St. Mary’s campus, where 12 independently-funded principal investigators, including five Wellcome Trust Investigators, lead research groups ranging from five to 12 members. In addition, Professor Xiao-Ning Xu leads the Human Immunology laboratory on the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital campus.

Research in the Section of Virology covers a wide range of pathogens, techniques, and mechanisms, with a strong emphasis on three main themes:

  • host-virus interactions, especially the host immune response,
  • viruses that cause human cancer,
  • respiratory viruses.

There is major long-term research funding from the European Research Council, the Wellcome Trust, Medical Research Council, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, and Bloodwise. The Section also runs a highly successful Master’s programme, the MSc in Molecular Biology and Pathology of Viruses, and hosts the annual series of four prestigious lectures in experimental medicine, the Almroth Wright Lectures.


Explore the links below for further information on the research areas within the Section