Simon Watson

Senior Software Developer


This person is a member of Sanger Institute Alumni.

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.

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Out now in @Virus_Evolution: Whole genome analysis of local Kenyan and global sequences unravels the epidemiological and molecular evolutionary dynamics of RSV genotype ON1 strains.