Professor BarclayHeaded by Professor Paul Farrell, the Section plays a leading role in research in virology and cell biology. Virology undergraduate teaching is provided by this Section and we also host the successful MSc in Molecular Biology and Pathology of Viruses.

Our virology research ranges from structural and molecular biology, mechanisms of viral pathology and genetic predisposition to infection, through to clinical models and human diseases. Our section also runs a series of Molecular Virology seminars.

Martin Allday  

We regret to announce that Martin passed away on 2nd May 2017 after an illness.   Read more at this link    Martin Allday

PhD student enquiries
For Molecular Virology PhD opportunities, please follow this link to our local PhD opportunities page.

Research interests and section leadership

Research interests and areas

  • Avipoxviruses
  • Influenza virus
  • Hepatitis viruses
  • Epstein-Barr virus
  • Oncogenic herpesviruses
  • Viral capsid and genome entry
  • Retrovirus integrase
  • Single Molecule Imaging
  • Virus-host interactions

Section leadership

Head of Molecular Virology
Professor Paul Farrell's research focuses mostly on mechanisms by which the human tumour virus Epstein-Barr Virus causes human cells to proliferate, the role of the virus in human cancers and the regulation of the switch between viral latent persistence and virus replication.

Further information on Professor Farrell

Research group leads