Simon Watson | Senior Software Developer

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Watson, Simon

I am in charge of the group's influenza research: investigating the diversity, ecology, and molecular evolution of different subtypes of influenzavirus in human, swine and avian hosts. I also provide informatics assistance to the molecular biologists in the Virus Genomics group, helping to assemble and analyse NGS whole-genome sequence data for a range of viruses. More recently, I was involved in the MERS coronavirus outbreak in the Middle East, using deep-sequencing technologies to reconstruct MERS-CoV genomes from clinical patients, and characterise the molecular epidemiology of the emerging outbreak in real-time.

Publications

  • Molecular Epidemiology and Evolution of Influenza Viruses Circulating within European Swine between 2009 and 2013.

    Watson SJ, Langat P, Reid SM, Lam TT, Cotten M et al.

    Journal of virology 2015;89;19;9920-31

  • Community case clusters of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus in Hafr Al-Batin, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: a descriptive genomic study.

    Memish ZA, Cotten M, Watson SJ, Kellam P, Zumla A et al.

    International journal of infectious diseases : IJID : official publication of the International Society for Infectious Diseases 2014;23;63-8

  • Spread, circulation, and evolution of the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus.

    Cotten M, Watson SJ, Zumla AI, Makhdoom HQ, Palser AL et al.

    mBio 2014;5;1

  • Transmission and evolution of the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus in Saudi Arabia: a descriptive genomic study.

    Cotten M, Watson SJ, Kellam P, Al-Rabeeah AA, Makhdoom HQ et al.

    Lancet (London, England) 2013;382;9909;1993-2002

  • Hospital outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus.

    Assiri A, McGeer A, Perl TM, Price CS, Al Rabeeah AA et al.

    The New England journal of medicine 2013;369;5;407-16

  • Full-genome deep sequencing and phylogenetic analysis of novel human betacoronavirus.

    Cotten M, Lam TT, Watson SJ, Palser AL, Petrova V et al.

    Emerging infectious diseases 2013;19;5;736-42B

  • Viral population analysis and minority-variant detection using short read next-generation sequencing.

    Watson SJ, Welkers MR, Depledge DP, Coulter E, Breuer JM et al.

    Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences 2013;368;1614;20120205

Watson, Simon
Simon's Timeline
2009

Postdoctoral researcher, Sanger Institute

PhD, University College London

2005

MRes Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, University of Leeds

2004

BSc (Hons) Human Genetics, University of Leeds