Dr Marina Escalera Zamudio

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I am interested in how ecological interactions among different hosts have influenced both virus and host evolution. In my previous work, I studied the eco-immunological and evolutionary dynamics of vampire bats and the viruses that they host. My current research project involves the development of comparative approaches to describe molecular evolutionary processes in viral groups that are associated with human and animal disease, and the application of such approaches to large genomic datasets, with a particular focus on evolutionary patterns associated with the emergence of virulence. This project may help to reveal targets for the development of ‘universal’ vaccines and antiviral drugs, which could be further validated through functional assays. 

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