Teaching is a
fundamental activity at any University and Reading is no
exception. Virology at Reading is taught as part of the degree of
Microbiology, where all the Virology modules are compulsory, but
many modules are also taken as options by students reading
Biological Sciences, Biomedical sciences and Biochemistry. The complete
range of my teaching is:
Part I -
Fundamental Microbiology (part of)
Part II - Practical
Virology; Viruses and their Hosts; Immunology (part of).
Part III - Viruses
as Pathogens; Molecular Microbiology (part of); Cancer (part of).
The Practical Virology module, which I
co-ordinate, includes 7 practical sessions where I teach plaque
assays and other ways of handling and enumerating viruses.
A plaque assay of baculoviruses that
express GFP - only visible because the plate is irradiated with UV
Virology teaching gets across the
fundamentals of viruses and their strategies for replication and
transmission through lectures on defined classes of viruses (e.g.
those with a shared genome structure) or on those associated with
particular environmental niches (e.g. the respiratory tract). All
teaching includes a high degree of molecular detail as well as the
more traditional areas of morphology and disease. My teaching is
available to Reading students on Blackboard along with a
variety of supportive and informative material (below).
Examples of additional pages mounted
on Blackboard and available to students. Here I review
virus coverage in the media and popular books
Two recent articles aimed at
general readership are available online:
Prions show their
metal (a brief account of the findings that prion proteins, vCJD,
BSE etc, are copper binding proteins).
Hosting a killer
(an overview of viruses).