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Virology Laboratories

This is a collection of the web sites of virology laboratories from universities and research Institutes and commercial enterprises around the world. These pages often contain information on the lab, its research interests, staff, and research groups as well as pointers to other sites of microbial interest. These sites are listed alphabetically by state, and by country.

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Within the United States

  • is a not-for-profit research and development organization and long-time contributor and pioneer in the area of antiviral research. Antiviral drugs are used for the treatment of viral infection. Antiviral agents tends to narrow in spectrum and have limited efficacy. The drugs used for viral infection.

  • U.S.D.A. Insect Biocontrol Laboratory - Descriptions of the research focus of scientists in the IBL. Among other aspects of insect biocontrol, this includes research on baculoviruses, polydnaviruses and insect cell cultures.



  • The Prevelige Lab at the Department of Microbiology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, researches viral capsid self-assembly of bacteriophage.


  • WWW Page for Anti-Viral Antibodies & Research: The Goodwin Institute for Cancer Research does some virological research. (herpes simplex virus - HSV)

  • The Johnson/Schneemann Virology Laboratory is located at the Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA with interests in structural, biophysical and molecular biological studies of viruses. RNA insect and plant viruses, and ds DNA phage have been used as model systems for the analysis of particle assembly, maturation, and cell entry, as well as for the construction of chimeric plant/animal viruses.

  • The Kirkegaard Laboratory - academic lab studying RNA viruses at Stanford.

  • The Nolan Lab at Stanford studies intracellular signaling involving NFAT and NF-kB Rel proteins. The lab works on HIV-1 and has in development murine and lentiviral retroviral packaging systems. Their site contains several pages of information regarding retroviral packaging systems for gene delivery, cDNA expression cloning, in vivo evolution of proteins, cell lines and plasmids available, and protocols for their use.

  • The Salk Institute - has a Molecular Biology and Virology Laboratory

  • The Wagner Lab Home Page at the University of California, Irvine - Description of the research program, outline of Herpes simplex virus replication, and links to courses.

  • University of Southern California Stealth Virus Program has information on a novel virus.

  • Laboratory for Neurovirology and Microbial Pathogenesis, Department of Neurology, University of California, Irvine. This lab is devoted to exploring the role of viruses in human central nervous system (CNS) diseases, establishing diagnostic assays and methods for treatment of diseases due to CNS infection, and exploiting neurotropic viruses as vectors for targeted gene therapy in the CNS.

  • The Siuzdak Laboratory at the Scripps Research Institute is exploring mass spectrometry as a tool to examine virus structure and viral structural dynamics

  • Viral Vector Laboratory, University of California, Irvine, has recently been established in the School of Biological Sciences to further the development of recombinant viral vectors for use in basic and clinical applications. The Viral Vector Laboratory is associated with the UCI Research Unit on Animal Virology and the Chao Family Clinical Cancer Research Center.

  • Spector Lab Website - Ever heard of HCMV? Well, chances are, you've got it. Come to our site and learn about the virus!

  • The Volkman Lab at Berkeley focuses on baculoviruses

  • The Torres Laboratory - University of California Davis School of Medicine, Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology - does vaccine and AIDS research.


  • The Schepartz Lab at Yale University makes use of the tools of synthetic and physical organic chemistry, in addition to those of molecular biology, to study molecular recognition as it applies to viral and cellular gene regulation.



  • Structural Virology Group in the Department of Biological Sciences at Purdue University consists of six different laboratories that use a combination of cryo-electron microscopy, crystallography, and molecular biology to elucidate the processes of viral entry, replication, and pathogenesis. One of the strengths of this group is the extensive network of collaborative efforts between the laboratories. Therefore, this web page is organized as a series of interlacing reference pages. You may access a list of the viruses currently being studied at Purdue or a list of the laboratories performing the research. You will be able to download high resolution images, coordinates, programs, movies, references, and contact personnel at each step.


  • The Miller Lab at the Iowa State University does molecular plant virology including BYDV plant RNA virus and luteovirus research.


  • The Fermin Lab at Tulane has some great pictures of HIV infected cells.

  • The Garry Lab at Tulane University School of Medicine - virology and immmunology research, including HIV and retroviral involvement in autoimmune disease.


  • The Pavlakis Lab of the Human Retrovirus Section in the National Cancer Institute performs basic research on the molecular biology of gene expression, on the biology of human retroviruses and the pathogenesis of AIDS.

  • The Clements Retrovirus Laboratory at Johns' Hopkins University studies the molecular virology and pathogenesis of lentivirus induced diseases. In particular the SIV model of AIDS and the visna virus infection of sheep (using transgenic technology).

  • Samaniego Lab - The Website of the Samaniego Lab, Laboratory of Tumor Cell Biology at the Institute of Human Virology, University of Maryland.

  • Anne Simon's Turnip Crinkle Virus Homepage at the University of Maryland- has developed the turnip crinkle virus (TCV) system as a model to study sequences and structures involved in replication and recombination of RNA templates and the interactions between the virus, host and parasitic subviral RNAs that lead to symptom production or host resistance.


  • Anne Simon's Loboratory of Virology at the University of Massachusetts has developed the turnip crinkle virus system as a model to study sequences and structures involved in replication and recombination of RNA templates and the interactions between the virus, host, and parasitic subviral RNAs that lead to symptom production or host resistance.

  • The Hogle X-ray Crystallography Lab at Harvard has interest in viral proteins, particulary poliovirus.

  • The Laboratory of Molecular Retrovirology at Beth Israel Hospital, Harvard School of Medicine. This group studies the molecular basis of HIV resistance to antiretroviral agents. Included here are links to information from the lab and useful related sites elsewhere.

  • Channing Laboratory is multidisciplinary research division of Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

  • The King Lab at the Biology Department of MIT works on bacteriophage P22 protein folding, protein misfolding, and virus assembly.


  • At Washington University: The Virgin Lab. Research into CMV, gHV68, latency and the pathogenesis and latency of gamma-herpesvirus 68. We focus on issues at the interface between the immune system and the viruses.


  • The Enteroviral Research Laboratory at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska, established this site in order to highlight the serious heart disease that can be caused by relatively common human viruses. Two types of viruses are primarily associated with human inflammatory heart muscle disease, or myocarditis. The coxsackieviruses (enteroviruses) were identified in the early 1950's as agents of human heart disease. More recently, human adenoviruses have been etiologically linked to pediatric myocarditis.

  • World of Chlorella Viruses - This is the Web site for the Jim Van Etten lab at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. It contains a brief history of the chlorella viruses (family Phycodnaviridae, genus Chlorovirus), a gallery of images of the virus, a list of all the publications (that we know of) about chlorella viruses, and links to other sites dealing with chlorella viruses.


  • The McClure Lab at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas -- Virology, computational biology and molecular evolution: genomic analysis of RNA viruses and cellular multiple gene families, development and analysis of software tools.

New Hampshire

  • The Virology Laboratory of Dr. Aaron Margolin at the University of New Hamshire focuses on Water Borne Disease.

New York

  • J.D. Castello of the State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry describes his research. The page interests in viruses of coniferous and deciduous forest tree species. It also gives the lecture and laboratory outlines of courses in microbiology and plant virology.

  • Chang/Moore KSHV/HHV8 Lab webpage - This lab web site from the Department of Pathology at Columbia Univeristy has direct links to genomic clone and cell line repositories for scientists studying KSHV (HHV8) and includes links to individual virus protein sequences. Additional resources include a general description of KSHV, PDF protocols for KSHV serology, a large PDF downloadable bibliography, in situ virus cytokine expression pictures and some good links to jazz music.

  • The Hall Lab from Rockefeller's Medical Science and Human Genetics program looks at viral pathogenesis and human retroviruses.
  • Luban Lab Home Page, at Columbia

    University's Department of Microbiology investigates mechanisms of HIV-1 replication and pathogenesis using biochemical and genetic approaches.

  • The Racaniello Lab of Columbia University. Read about their work on poliovirus, and the individuals who do the work.


  • The Mansky Lab of Ohio State University studies the genetic variation of HIV-1 and looks to improve the gene transfer efficiency of retroviral vectors.
  • The Biegalke Lab - Department of Biological Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine
    Ohio University. Description of the research on cytomegalovirus in the laboratory, and links to other relevant sites


  • Virology Research at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation is a commercial group focused primarily (initially) on respiratory viruses. They have also developed rapid screen for influenza in cultures and rapid screen for influenza at point-of care. Other projects include: HSV, RSV, Parainfluenza.

  • The OSU Plant Virus Evolution Lab website presents synopses of past and current research of this lab on plant virus evolution and related topics. It is also the site for tobamovirus sequence relationships and alignments of movement proteins belonging to the 30K superfamily.


  • Herpes simplex virus is at center stage in the Glorioso Lab at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

  • Molecular Diagnostics: Microbiology, Virology, and Infectious Diseases Laboratories at the University of Pittsburgh

  • Special Hematology Laboratory at Penn State's M.S. Hershey Medical Center. This lab offers both quantitative and qualitative hepatitis C testing by Branched DNA procedure and by PCR. The laboratory's parent department is also involved in clinical trials in interferon therapy in HCV infected patients.

  • The Burnett Lab at the Wistar Institute of the University of Pennsylvania researches the structure of adenoviruses.

  • Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Clinical Virology Lab - This website was designed to provide simple and convenient access to information about the chop clinical virology lab. Available are a complete service directory, including specimen requirements, types of tests performed, and turn-around times.

  • The Laboratory for Molecular Retrovirology and Viral Neuropathogenesis of Brian Wigdahl at Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Pennsylvania State College of Medicine, Hershey, PA. The lab's research program centers on retroviruses as causative agents of diseases characterized by immune system dysfunction, malignancy, and neurologic disorders. Within this framework, our studies focus on the human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1), simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV), and the human T cell lymphotropic virus type I (HTLV-I).

Rhode Island



  • The Summers Lab of Texas A&M University researches the molecular biology of Baculoviruses and Polydnaviruses.

  • Influenza Virus Molecular Biology-Krug Laboratory - Unique interactions of influenza virus functions with cellular functions regulation of the processing and nuclear export of cellular and viral mRNAs in influenza virus-infected cells.

  • The Diagnostic Virology Laboratory, Baylor College of Medicine publishes a monthly newsletter, "What's Going íRound," which provides a review of viral activity in Houston, Texas, as detected by our laboratory.


  • James Mullins Laboratory at the University of Washington uses computational methods and the tools of molecular biology to approach problems critical to AIDS Research. In particular, they focus on studies directed to understanding HIV transmission, including vaccine development, the impact of treatment on virus populations, and the natural history of induction of AIDS in humans and in the simian and feline immunodeficiency virus model systems. Computational, molecular and in vitro biological analyses conducted in the Mullins laboratory merge with in vivo analyses of biological activity conducted by collaborating laboratories and clinical investigators, in order to constantly focus on events relevant to HIV infection.


  • The Palmenberg Lab at the University of Wisconsin works with computer-based sequence analysis, picornavirus sequence alignments and phylogenetic information. They also have 2D genomic folding information for picornaviruses and molecular evolution course information.


International Virology Labs


  • Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory (VIDRL) - A WHO affiliated public virology and microbiology laboratory involved in public health, reference laboratory, and research activities. Most research is in the fields of hepatitis, HIV, antiviral drug testing and improved diagnostics. The VIDRL website lists services and activities performed.

  • Neuro-Virology at the University of Western Australia - Dr Peter McMinn - Infection with the encephalitogenic flavivirus Murray Valley encephalitis (MVE) virus leads occasionally to clinically apparent disease in the central nervous system (CNS) of infected humans. Research involves an investigation of both host and viral factors which lead to the development of MVE disease as well as the molecular determinants of virulence.

  • The May Laboratory of Molecular Virology at La Trobe University, Australia has focused studies on genital herpesvirus (herpes simplex virus type 2) and a simple test for infection with this virus was patented world wide in1984 and used in many countries. Current work centres on bovine mammillitis virus with attempts to produce vaccines and to use this virus as a bovine vector virus for other cattle pathogens. Another virus studied is the retrovirus human T-lymphotropic virus type I (HTLV-1) which the lab first reported in Australian aborigines in 1988. This virus can cause both adult T-cell leukaemia or neurological effects and is a particular problem in Southern Japan.

  • Epstein-Barr virus Research Unit at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research.

  • National Serology Reference Laboratory, Australia - Australia (NRL) is the agency responsible for quality in Australian serology. Through its Quality Assurance Program for HIV, HTLV and HCV, the NRL provides Test Kit Evaluations, Specificity Monitoring, Quality Control, Quality Assessment Programs, Tertiary Reference Testing and Consulting Services to diagnostic and transfusion laboratories, therapeutic programs, the pharmaceutical industry, government, researchers and the public. The NRL is a WHO Collaborating Centre, an Australian Centre of Excellence, and is accredited/certified to ISO Guide 25, ISO9001 standards and GMP guidelines.



  • The Ghosh's Lab of McMaster University studies molecular mechanisms of protein targeting, protein mediated membrane cell fusion, virus entry and assembly, as well as Mutagenesis of cloned genes of VSV glycoprotein G and HSV glycoproteins.

  • The Suttle Lab at the University of British Columbia, in the Marine Microbiology Department, researches viruses in the marine environment including using viruses to identify marine microorganisms. The groupd also studies photoreactivation and UV-mediated damage in marine viruses and diversity in marine algal viruses.

  • The Carstens' Lab in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Queen's University, Canada researches viral DNA replication, gene regulation in Baculovirus, and designs for new biological pesticides.




  • The Shaila Laboratory in the Department of Microbiology & Cell Biology of the Indian Institute of Science is working on Rinderpest virus (RPV) and Peste des petits ruminant virus (PPRV), cattle morbilliviruses coming from the paramyxoviridae family. A little bit of information on RPV is given along with some photographs of the viruses.


  • The Czosnek Laboratory is working on Interactions between geminiviruses (in particular tomato yellow leaf curl geminivirus) and its insect vector, the whitefly bemisia tabaci as well as the molecular biology of tomato yellow leaf curl virus and molecular and classical breeding for resistance to tomato yellow leaf curl virus.

  • The Laboratory of Prof. Henryk (Hanokh) Czosnek, Department of Field Crops and Genetics, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.


  • The Marine Microbiology Group (Dr. J.W. Patching) of National University of Ireland, Galway, study microorganisms from a range of aquatic environments including coastal waters, shelf waters and the deep sea.


  • The HIV and Complement Research Unit at L.I.T.A. Vialba, University of Milano. This site contains information on the research group at the University of Milano, Italy, as well as several interesting links (Journals, catalogues, databases and so on).


  • The Molecular Virology Lab of Yong Seok Jeong of KyungHee University - interested in explaining the molecular mechanism of RNA virus persistent infections. This laboratory is also interested in developing 'genetically engineered live-attenuated virus' for Japanese encephalitis vaccine based on the molecular designing of infectious cDNA. The vaccine aims to overcome the problems subsisted in inactivated vaccine or live-attenuated vaccines selected by chance via discontinuous passages in different hosts such as non-human protein contaminant or recovered virus virulence. The laboratory was appointed by the central government (Korea) to investigate water-borne virus distribution in drinking water system. Active research is ongoing with the National Institute of Environmental Research, Ministry of Environment, and the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

  • Virology and Biotechnology Laboratory : lab introduction, projects, biotech methods, and publications are available from this lab website at the Women's University of Seoul, Korea.


  • The Berkhout Lab, Universtiy of Amsterdam, Academic Medical Center: Department of Human Retrovirology. People and research in the Berkhoutlab. The lab is devoted to studying various aspects of HIV molecular biology including both fundamental and applied issues.

  • Laboratory of Virology, Wageningen University, The Netherlands. The research program of the Laboratory of Virology of Wageningen University mainly focuses on plant viruses, as direct threats for plant production, and on insect viruses, in view of their application as biocontrol agent for pest insects and, biotechnologically, as gene vector for the production of scientifically, agriculturally or medically interesting proteins. In addition, one research group focuses on the shrimp virus White spot syndrome virus (WSSV).

  • Department of Medical Microbiology and Center of Infectious Diseases, Leiden University Medical Center, The Netherlands. The activities of the Department of Medical Microbiology (housing around 120 persons) include diagnostics, research, teaching and residence training. The research at the Department of Medical Microbiology is aimed at understanding the (molecular) interactions between pathogens and the host. This research is performed at different levels: from molecular genetics of the pathogens to molecular diagnostics and from molecular epidemiology to the development of vaccines.


  • Laboratory of Molecular Biology, in the Institute of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, with work on African swine fever virus, mycobacteriophages and transmissible spongiform encephalopathies. The laboratory was formerly the Laboratory of Molecular Virology of the Gulbenkian Institute of Science.


  • Laboratory of Molecular Genetics (Mesyanzhinov Lab) of the Bach Institute of Biochemistry, Moscow, Russia works with Bacteriophage T4.
  • The Laboratory of Viral RNA Biochemistry - This page describes the scientific and inventory activities of Dr. Alexander Chetverin and his Laboratory of Viral RNA Biochemistry at the Institute of Protein Research of the Russian Academy of Sciences, with a special attention to their studies on RNA recombination and innovative Molecular Colony Technique providing for ultrasensitive and quantitative nucleic acid-based diagnostics and for cell-free gene cloning, expression and screening

United Kingdom

  • Virology Research Group at The University of Reading, School of Animal and Microbial Sciences - Picornavirus, Influenza and HIV research interests and facilities.

  • Penetration and uncoating of enveloped viruses research group (includes Sindbis) at The University of Berne, Institute of Biochemistry.

  • The James Lab at the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology, University of Oxford does research on ribozymes and HIV interactions during infection.

  • Pneumovirus Laboratory Homepage (PVL), University of Warwick, Dept. of Biological Sciences. This page contains information about pneumoviruses (human RSV and avian pneumovirus) and other Paramyxoviridae. Also contains links to molecular biology/virology techniques.

  • Picornavirus Research Group, Glasgow, UK - Picornavirus research. Molecular aspects of virus receptor interactions and virus replication. Enteroviruses and rhinoviruses.

  • The Virology Group at the University of Warwick studies a range of virus systems (pneumoviruses, reoviruses, HIV, influenza, alphaviruses, adenoviruses) from a variety of view-points (gene expression, reverse genetics, virus neutralisation, defective-interfering virus, recombinant vaccines, gene therapy vectors). This site gives an overview of our work, with abstracts of recent papers etc.

  • Imperial College Viral Evolution Group - Department of Biology - This site covers the viral evolution group at Imperial College, Silwood Park, where molecular biology approaches, phylogenetic reconstruction, and computer simulation are being used study the evolution of retroviruses and related retroelements.

  • The Public Health Laboratory in Newcastle upon Tyne, England has recently started their our own web site covering Microbiology, Virology and Water Quality Control.

Commercial Virology Labs

  • Argene Biosoft - Research, development and sales of monoclonal antibodies with a specialty in the field of Cytomegalovirus detection.

  • Biotrin International - has an extensive range of unique tests used to detect recently discovered viruses. Biotrin is the world leader in the detection of Parvovirus B19 and has an extensive range of unique viral assays: HHV6, etc.

  • Cabell Huntington Hospital Virology Lab in Huntington, West Virginia.

  • Chronic IllNet has data linking the presence of endogenous viruses to many common diseases.

  • The Gresval Labs pursues research and development of specific antivirals active against encapsulated viruses (H.I.V., S.H.V. and influanza) based on a new concept of blocking the binding of the virus to the host membrane.

  • The LMD Laboratories, Inc. makes diagnostic assay kits (in the ELISA format) for many infectious agents (bacterial, parasitical, and viral).

  • Marion Merrell Dow Laboratory of Viral Pathogenesis - Provides a brief description of their research interests and has links to publications.

  • Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory at Children's Memorial Hospital, Chicago - provides diagnostic services on HIV infection both in children and adults. Other molecular diagnostic services include genetic fingerprinting, HIV drug resistance detection by automated DNA sequencing, etc.

  • MRL Laboratories, a commercial lab in the UK does virology testing.

  • Virus Reference Laboratories, Inc. - of San Antonio, Texas Houston, Texas and Atlanta, Georgia was formerly known as Virus Reference Laboratory, and previously as, the National Institutes of Health Virus Reference Laboratory and World Health Orgaaization Collaborating Center for Reference and Research in Simian Viruses. The original laboratory was founded 31 years ago and its current commerical laboratories are in their tenth year of operations as centers for excellence in the diagnosis and management of infectious disease and autoimmune disorders. VRL offers a test menu in excess of 600 assays and maintains a Simian Diagnostic Laboratory offering an additional 100 tests. A small segment of VRL's revenues are now generated by (bio-)pharmaceutical contract research studies, and this rapidly growing area of testing is a priority expansion target. VRL continues to maintain active research and development activities in order to remain in the forefront of emerging technologies and is deeply committed to development of molecular based diagnostic techniques.

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