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Pathogen phylodynamics: from historical epidemics to contemporary outbreaks

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  • UserProfessor Philippe Lemey from Clinical and Epidemiological Virology Rega Institute, K.U. Leuven
  • ClockThursday 11 May 2023, 14:00-15:00
  • HouseBiffen Lecture theatre and Zoom.

If you have a question about this talk, please contact Caroline Newnham.

Host - Henrik Salje

I will provide an overview of Bayesian phylodynamic developments that have proven useful to investigate the evolutionary and epidemiological dynamics of SARS -CoV-2 and that could also support genomic surveillance of other respiratory viruses such as RSV . These approaches build on concepts of data integration, such as incorporating mobility and individual travel history in phylogeography, but pose challenges in terms of scalability. Finally, I will demonstrate how virus genomes from old samples may contribute to our understanding of historical epidemics, and that reconstructions of deep evolutionary histories require dedicated molecular clock models.

This talk is part of the Genetics Seminar series.

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