I am a Postdoctoral Associate at the National Animal Disease Center, USDA-ARS. I work with Drs. Tavis Anderson and Amy Vicnent studying the rapid evolution and genetic/antigenic diversity of influenza A viruses in swine. Additionally, I explore the human-swine interface ‒ as people and pigs often interact through farms and agricultural fairs, there are many opportunities for zoonotic influenza viruses to 'jump' into the human population and, reversely, for human-adapted viruses to infect swine. After a human influenza A virus establishes in swine, it acrues novel genetic mutations and reassorts with other genetically diverse swine strains, which can have hard-to-predict consequences if that evolved virus was to jump back into the human population. I develop methods for identifying the interhost transmission events and consequent identification of reassorted or genetically drifted viruses based on the global surveilance data.
Aditionally, I am broadly interested in phylogenetics and computational/mathematical biology. In the past I have developed methods for phylogenomics (e.g., 1, 2) and explored phylogenetic theory (e.g., 1, 2).