Oliver Pybus

Professor of Evolution & Infectious Disease

Professorial Fellow, New College


Research Interests

My research aims to explain the evolutionary dynamics of pathogens, particularly viral infections of humans, including HIV/AIDS, the hepatitis C virus, and Influenza. I hope to understand how evolutionary and ecological processes - which occur on the same timescale for many pathogens - combine and interact in natural populations.

Additional Information

Prof Pybus is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Virus Evolution, published by Oxford University Press. 



Email: oliver.pybus@zoo.ox.ac.uk
PA: andrea.kastner@zoo.ox.ac.uk



Selected Publications

  • Dudas G et al. (2017) Virus genomes reveal factors that spread and sustained the Ebola epidemic. Nature 544:309-315
  • Faria NR et al. (2017) Epidemic establishment and cryptic transmission of Zika virus in Brazil and the Americas. Nature In press

  • Grubaugh ND et al. (2017) Genomic epidemiology reveals multiple introductions of Zika virus into the United States. Nature In press

  • Faria NR et al. (2016) Zika virus in the Americas: early epidemiological and genetic findings. Science 352:345–9

  • Lycett SJ et al. (2016) Role for migratory wild birds in the global spread of avian influenza H5N8. Science 354:213–7

  • Pybus OG, Tatem AJ, Lemey P (2015) Virus evolution and transmission in an ever-more connected world. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 282:20142878

  • Faria NR et al. (2014) The hidden history of HIV-1: establishment and early spread of the AIDS pandemic. Science 346:56-61

  • Lam TT et al. (2013) The genesis and source of the H7N9 influenza viruses causing human infections in China. Nature 502:241-4

  • Pybus OG et al. (2012) Unifying the spatial epidemiology and molecular evolution of emerging epidemics. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 109:15066-71

  • Vijaykrishna D et al.  (2011) Long-term evolution and transmission dynamics of swine influenza A virus. Nature 473:519-22

  • Katzourakis A et al. (2009) Macroevolution of complex retroviruses. Science 325:1512

  • Fraser C et al. (2009) Pandemic potential of a novel strain of influenza A (H1N1): early findings. Science 324:1557-61

  • Smith GJ et al. (2009) Origins and evolutionary genomics of the 2009 swine-origin H1N1 influenza A epidemic. Nature 459:1122-5

  • Kawashima Y et al. (2009) Adaptation of HIV-1 to human leukocyte antigen class I. Nature 458:641-45

  • Pybus OG & Rambaut A (2009) Evolutionary analysis of the dynamics of viral infectious disease. Nature Reviews Genetics 10:540-50