About us

About us

Sir Michael Stoker Building at the MRC-University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research. Credit: Sheppard Robson Architects LLP

The mission of the CVR is to carry out fundamental research on viruses and viral diseases, translating the knowledge gained for the improvement of health and benefit of society.

Who we are

The MRC-University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research (CVR) was established in 2010 and represents the UK’s largest grouping of human and veterinary virologists.

More than 20 principal investigators, and their associated teams, make up the research core of the CVR giving a total staff and student complement in excess of 170. This is supplemented with affiliates from the Boyd Orr Centre for Population and Ecosystem Health, Health Protection Scotland and NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, thus creating a critical mass of researchers dedicated to the study of human and animal viral diseases.

The CVR is embedded within the Institute of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation at the University of Glasgow which provides excellent research opportunities to investigate virus-host interactions and immune response to virus infection.

What we do

A defining feature of the CVR is its breadth of expertise ranging from molecular virology to in vivo pathogenesis, virus-cell interactions, viral immunology, viral ecology, viral oncology, clinical and veterinary virology, viral diagnostics, virus epidemiology, mathematical modelling, virus genomics & bioinformatics.

Our research programmes address chronic and community acquired viral infections, host immunity to virus infection, emerging and zoonotic virus infections, structural virology, and virus genomics & bioinformatics

We are funded by the Medical Research Council, the UK’s leading publicly funded biomedical research organisation, and by a variety of other funding bodies including the Wellcome Trust, the BBSRC, EU and others.

The CVR provides a unique research environment for both young and established scientists wishing to apply a holistic approach to virology research with studies spanning the molecular, structural and cellular levels, through to the individual host and affected population. Furthermore, we are training the next generation of virologists through our postgraduate Masters and PhD courses, with specific programmes tailored to veterinary or medical graduates.