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.
Molecular Epidemiology and Evolution of Influenza Viruses Circulating within European Swine between 2009 and 2013.
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.
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.
Transmission and evolution of the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus in Saudi Arabia: a descriptive genomic study.
Lancet (London, England) 2013;382;9909;1993-2002
Hospital outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus.
The New England journal of medicine 2013;369;5;407-16
Full-genome deep sequencing and phylogenetic analysis of novel human betacoronavirus.
Emerging infectious diseases 2013;19;5;736-42B
Viral population analysis and minority-variant detection using short read next-generation sequencing.
Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences 2013;368;1614;20120205