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Volunteering to support COVID-19 testing at Milton Keynes’ Lighthouse Lab

Dr Stephanie Ascough at work in the lab
Dr Stephanie Ascough at work in the lab

Dr Stephanie Ascough shares her experience of volunteering at the UK Biocentre in Milton Keynes, one of three Lighthouse Labs supporting large scale analysis of COVID-19 swabs from across the whole of the UK. 

In mid-March, along with many of my colleagues at Imperial, I transitioned to working remotely, and our group sadly suspended all clinical research at the Hammersmith and St Mary’s Campuses. After the first few days of writing manuscripts in the garden though, I think many of us were surprised to realise how much we missed the lab, and I was no exception. On top of this was the feeling that, as an immunologist working with respiratory viruses, I had a skill set that would be valuable in the middle of a global pandemic. So, as soon as the call went out for volunteers to help with COVID-19 testing, I signed up. Within a week I heard back from the NIHR UK Biocentre in Milton Keynes. Shortly after this, in mid-April I found myself driving up an almost deserted M1, past signs reminding us to ‘Stay home, Save lives’ and restrict ourselves to ‘Essential travel only’. (more…)

In the news: Coronavirus

Researcher in lab at St Mary's

Last updated: Friday 13 March

With the emergence of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), researchers at the Department of Infectious Disease have been providing commentary and advice on the outbreak in both the UK and international media, as well as sharing updates about the work that they are doing to better understand and tackle the virus’ spread. (more…)