Coronavirus Response

Research Complex at Harwell has remained open throughout the Coronavirus pandemic, with our efforts focussed on supporting research projects in understanding, and ultimately finding effective strategies to defeat the virus. The research scientists based at Complex have been working tirelessly on areas of vaccines and treatments to bring the Covid-19 pandemic under control. Research hosted at Complex includes work by the Rosalind Franklin Institute and Protein Production UK on isolating nanobodies – a type of antibody, which can bind to the ‘spike’ protein on the surface of the virus. There is current work with the Electron Bio-Imaging Centre (eBIC) and the Diamond Light Source on understanding virus host cell interactions using the Central Laser Facillity’s (CLF) Octopus Bio-Imaging Facility hosted at Research Complex. In addition, the CLF put out a unique worldwide open call to the CLF’s Octopus Bio-imaging Facility for work into Covid-19. Diamond Light Source researchers in collaboration with the University of Oxford and the Rosalind Franklin Institute have been working on the receptor binding domain of spike protein, polymerase as well as viral proteases. Research Complex continues to support researchers needing lab access for the rapid access proposals at Diamond to work on Covid-19.

Ultimately, science will defeat this virus, all of us at Research Complex, and our wide network of collaborators hope to play our part in the global effort to end the Coronavirus pandemic.

The Research Complex at Harwell (RCaH) is not just a cluster of well-equipped laboratories – it is a place where scientists in the physical sciences, life sciences and laser research work alongside each other, to mutual benefit. The multidisciplinary nature of the work encourages collaborative effort and pollenates ideas between individuals and groups.

The national facilities on site at Harwell enable RCaH in its principal mission, which is to lead and enable world-class research. Those who are already here find that their research has been transformed, simply by being on site.

RCaH welcomes research teams from UK universities to base themselves here, either for the long term or the short term. RCaH also helps facilitate industrial collaborations and can provide access to high quality equipment.