£135M BBSRC National Virology Centre opens at the Pirbright Institute

The opening of the £135M BBSRC National Virology Centre by the Business Secretary Dr. Vince Cable heralds the start of a new era in research capability at the Pirbright Institute in the fight against major virus diseases of livestock and zoonotic viruses that spread from animals to humans. The state-of-the-art laboratory, incorporating complex network of negative air pressure systems, time-controlled barrier showers, high-tech waste treatment facilities and multiple containment layers to protect the user and the outside environment, provides immense opportunities and increased capability for carrying out research on these viruses in a number of areas including bioimaging, virus-host interactions, immune responses and development of novel vaccines. This new capability along with a number of other research facilities at the Pirbright Institute, a partner in the Oxford Interdisciplinary Bioscience DTP, will provide the students a unique opportunity in experiencing the conduct of scientific research in one of the most modern biocontainment laboratories in the world.