I'm a Mahan Postdoctoral Fellow at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and I study RNA viruses over time. Imprints of evolutionary forces on viral genomes can be investigated in great detail when sequence data, population genetics theory and phylogenetics are used in combination, offering a glimpse into the dynamics of their hosts, ecology and conflicts.
I received my undergraduate degree in evolutionary biology at the University of Edinburgh, where I did my PhD as well. Under Andrew Rambaut's supervision I primarily focused on exploiting non-clonal evolution of RNA viruses and using viral genomes to investigate aspects of their ecology virtually inaccesible via any other means. I have also been heavily involved with research into the 2013-2016 Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa, mostly working on temporal and spatial phylogenetics of the virus behind the epidemic, developing novel phylogenetic visualisations as well as data curation.
Since joining the lab I have been involved with some aspects of the 2016 Zika virus epidemic in the Americas and using sequence data to investigate epidemiology of MERS coronavirus.