I am an early career researcher studying viral evolution of RNA viruses, in particular, hepatitis C virus, norovirus and influenza. I have been investigating the viral and host factors that different RNA viruses use to generate diversity and maintain their survival in the population. We take an interdisciplinary approach involving cutting edge virological, immunological and bioinformatic techniques. Our contribution to virology ranges from the development of virological in vitro based fitness assays, viral gene expression studies, molecular epidemiology, evolutionary analysis of adaptive immune responses against RNA viruses, and bioinformatics. A recent research focus has been the analysis of over 30 million nucleotides generated through next generation sequencing approaches in a longitudinal study of ten HCV infected patients (Bull, Luciani et al. PLoS pathogens 2011).
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