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Research Interests

I am interested in the evolution and epidemiology of viruses and bacteria, and my research makes use of the large quantity of pathogen sequence data now available. Pathogen sequences accumulate mutations over time, and this information can be used to infer transmission patterns. I apply machine learning techniques and Bayesian phylogenetics to investigate cross species transmissions, host adaptations, epistatic interactions, phylodynamics and phylogeography. I'm currently developing fast computational methods and simulation tools to infer transmission patterns of livestock pathogens including Avian and Swine Influenza, Bovine TB and Bovine Viral Diarrhoea.