Virology Division, Department of Pathology
Genomics, bioinformatics, virology, microbiology
I am a postdoc in the Division of Virology, Department of Pathology at the University of Cambridge, working with Dr Andrew Firth.
My research field is computational genomics, focusing on virus transmission between different host species. Many emerging diseases appear via transmission of previously little-known viruses from other species into humans, livestock, crop or pollinator species. Despite this, there is limited research into viruses affecting organisms beyond a few highly-studied species, with many species having no known viruses. My research involves developing a computational pipeline to find material derived from viruses in publicly available sequencing datasets from under-studied organisms. My initial focus has been on species which interact closely with honey bees and other pollinators. Many of these species have never been screened for viruses, but may carry viruses which pose a threat to important pollinators. I’ve worked in Cambridge since 2017, before this I completed a postdoc in the Computational Genomics Analysis and Training (CGAT) programme at the University of Oxford, which involved training in computational genomics and work on a number of collaborative projects. I completed my PhD at the University of Nottingham in 2014, where I worked on identifying material derived from viruses in primate genomes.