Who we are

Black and white images of researchers working at the CVRThe 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

ICPO image against black backgroundA 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
  • virus genomics & bioinformatics

Overview of the MRC-University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research

‌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.

MRC, University of Glasgow and CVR logos

About this site

The new MRC-University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research website was launched on 23rd March 2015.

Image credits:

We owe a great debt of gratitude to artist Murray Robertson, who worked in a collaborative project with CVR scientists to develop the Viruses: a century of discovery exhibition and Molecular Machines animation and image gallery. Murray's images are used throughout the CVR website to illustrate key areas of our research. These images are copyright protected.

Contributing to many of the exhibition graphics, as well as illustrating work by many CVR researchers, are the 3D structural images of proteins and viruses solved by our structural biologists, led by David Bhella. For more information about these images, and permission to them, please contact David.