Single-molecule studies of RNA viruses


Our group uses advanced microscopy to study how viruses replicate and develops novel methods for viral detection and diagnosis. 


The diverse grouping of RNA viruses includes many important human, animal and plant pathogens. The diseases caused by these viruses result in substantial mortality in humans as well as having severe economic impacts worldwide. The influenza virus, one of the most well-known members of the RNA virus family, causes many thousands of deaths each year, and was also responsible for one of the deadliest natural disasters in human history, a pandemic in 1918 that killed over 50 million people.
The focus of our research is the study of these viruses using novel research techniques based on single-molecule and super-resolution microscopy. Our work spans the disciplines of virology, biophysics and biochemistry.   
We are located in Biophysics in the Clarendon Laboratory at the University of Oxford.