Our lab is located on the ground floor of the AW Building of the University’s beautiful Stag Hill campus. It belongs to the Department of Microbial Sciences and can be accessed by the Departmental main entrance or directly via the Wolfson Centre.
Our lab is shared with that of Prof Gillian Elliott and that of Prof David Blackbourn, both virologists with complementing but distinct research interests. This adds a nice and enjoyable atmosphere to the lab, with a total of ~10-12 people plus visiting researchers and student interns.
Our lab is equipped with all you need to perform molecular virology, with dedicated rooms for tissue culture and virus work. As part of the School of Biosciences, we have access to specialised facilities for microscopy, flow cytometry, genomics and proteomics. We also enjoy Biosafety level 3 containment areas.
We belong to the Department of Microbial Sciences, located in the heart of the Stag Hill campus. Besides ours the Department includes 5 more virology groups as well as bacteriologists and synthetic biologists, fostering an excellent atmosphere for collaboration and exploring new ideas. In addition, the University has created a new School of Veterinary Medicine with brand new purpose-built facilities to become a world-leading centre for veterinary research. This creates excellent opportunities not only within the Department, but also within the University as a whole for interactions with other groups studying cell biology and infectious diseases.
Life in Guildford and Surrey
We are part of the University of Surrey which is based in Guildford, in the South East of England (allegedly the driest part of the country!). It is easily accessible by road and rail, and is at a short distance from both Heathrow and Gatwick airports.
Guildford is a beautiful, small, historical city, capital of the county of Surrey. We take advantage of a privileged position between London and the famous English country side to enjoy the best of two worlds. We are at a ~35mins train ride to downtown London (Waterloo station), a unique, vibrant world capital; but also at a walking distance of the Surrey Hills, an area of outstanding natural beauty. So no matter whether you are a cosmopolitan party-goer or a nature-loving trekker, you will feel at home here!
Given this high quality of life Guidlford living and accommodation is not cheap. PhD studentships and post-doctoral salaries do normally take this into account. In addition, the University offers accommodation for employees, particularly on the first year of contract.