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Department of Pathology



Our laboratory studies virus-cell interactions with a focus on the assembly and egress of viruses ane the wide variety of cellular pathways modified by viruses to establish infection and spread to new cells. We currently study three families of viral pathogens: herpesviruses, polyomaviruses and bunyaviruses. In particular, we seek to understand how herpes simplex virus, BK polyomavirus and Oropouche virus interact with and modify host cells to reprogram them into efficient factories for producing and disseminating new virions.

Our laboratory collaborates widely and employs a range of techniques to gain a multi-faceted understanding of virus replication, including advanced microscopy imaging, proteomics, and genome-wide genetic screens.


Key publications: 
  1. Scherer KM, Manton JD, Soh TK, Mascheroni L, Connor V, Crump CM, Kaminski CF. A fluorescent reporter system enables spatiotemporal analysis of host cell modification during herpes simplex virus-1 replication. J Biol Chem. 2020 Dec 30;296:100236. doi: 10.1074/jbc.RA120.016571
  2. Soh TK, Davies CTR, Muenzner J, Hunter LM, Barrow HG, Connor V, Bouton CR, Smith C, Emmott E, Antrobus R, Graham SC, Weekes MP, Crump CM. Whole-cell and plasma membrane proteomics of herpes simplex virus-1 infection reveals cell surface remodelling via pUL56-mediated GOPC degradation. Cell Rep. 2020 Oct 6;33(1):108235. doi: 10.1016/j.celrep.2020.108235
  3. Caller LG, Davies CTR, Antrobus R, Lehner PJ, Weekes MP, Crump CM. Temporal Proteomic Analysis of BK Polyomavirus Infection Reveals Virus-Induced G2 Arrest and Highly Effective Evasion of Innate Immune Sensing. J Virol. 2019 Jul 30;93(16):e00595-19. doi: 10.1128/JVI.00595-19
  4. Albecka A, Owen DJ, Ivanova L, Brun J, Liman R, Davies L, Ahmed MF, Colaco S, Hollinshead M, Graham SC, Crump CM. Dual Function of the pUL7-pUL51 Tegument Protein Complex in Herpes Simplex Virus 1 Infection. J Virol. 2017 Jan 3;91(2):e02196-16. doi: 10.1128/JVI.02196-16
  5. Albecka A, Laine RF, Janssen AFJ, Kaminski CF, Crump CM. HSV-1 glycoproteins are delivered to virus assembly sites through dynamin-dependent endocytosis. Traffic. 2016 Jan;17(1):21-39. doi: 10.1111/tra.12340
  6. Evans GL, Caller LG, Foster V, Crump CM. Anion homeostasis is important for non-lytic release of BK polyomavirus from infected cells. Open Biol. 2015 Aug;5(8):150041. doi: 10.1098/rsob.150041
  7. Laine RF, Albecka A, van de Linde S, Rees EJ, Crump CM, Kaminski CF. Structural analysis of herpes simplex virus by optical super-resolution imaging. Nat Commun. 2015 Jan 22;6:5980. doi: 10.1038/ncomms6980


Professor of Molecular Virology
Division of Virology
Dr Colin  Crump

Contact Details

Department of Pathology
University of Cambridge
Tennis Court Road
+44 (0)1223 763423
Not available for consultancy