Virus Evolution

Virus evolution, transmission, and pathogenesis in populations at risk

We study the evolution of respiratory viruses of prominent public health concern. During the course of infection, viruses adapt to the host environment. These adaptations may impact virus transmission and disease severity. Our goal is to characterize virus diversity and quantify the impact of host factors on diversity, transmission, and pathogenesis. We can also use genomic epidemiology to track the emergence of novel variants and identify transmission clusters.

We are investigating the dynamic landscape of virus evolution to yield insights into pathogenesis, transmission, and novel virus emergence.

Katherine Johnson

Computational Biologist

Stephanie Banakis

Laboratory Manager

Tung Nguyen

PhD Student, OxCam Program

Shruti Sathish

Postbaccalaureate Fellow

Jack Fiore

Postbaccalaureate Fellow

RyeAnn Ricker

PhD Student

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