Virology

Virology moduleThis module, Virology, is the first real introduction to virology and viral diseases. It covers descriptions of viruses, their basic characteristics, their structure and classification. Practical classes teach how to propagate viruses and how quantification is achieved by the classical plaque assay. Beyond their physical descriptions, the origins and evolution of viruses are discussed as are the various routes by which viruses are spread. The ways in which virus infection is prevented or treated is also covered with an emphasis on examples that are relevant to current medical practice. The course comprises a series of lectures supplemented by practical classes, all of which introduce the student to the basic concepts of virology.

Autumn Term

Lecturer

JonesIan_largeProfessor Ian Jones is a virologist with a particular interest in how proteins, mostly viral proteins, carry out the functions for which they have evolved and how this activity contributes to the virus life cycle. He works on a number of viruses including retroviruses (HIV and MLV), hepaciviruses (hepatitis C virus) and baculoviruses (Autographa californica MNPV). Although these virus models are diverse, they share certain activities which are probably mechanistically related. For example, all are enveloped viruses and must fuse with the cell membrane in order to deliver their nucleic acid and formally begin an infectious cycle. The more we understand about what happens when a virus docks with, and then enters, a cell, the better our chance of preventing it.

Module convenor: Professor Ian Jones

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