Scheme: Newton International Fellowships
Organisation: University of Oxford
Dates: Jan 2015-Jan 2017
Summary: My research interests are on computational evolutionary biology and I have been analysing the evolution of different organisms, including mammals, bacteria and viruses. My main interest is to understand why diversity is generated and why so many species are stable in their environments after millions of years. Recently, I have been studying the evolution and diversification patterns of South American monkeys and other mammals by analysing their DNA sequences. My current research project is on developing computational models to understand the evolution of endogenous retroviruses (ERVs). ERVs are viewed as ancient viral infections in animal genomes, including the human genome; and are commonly referred to as viral fossils. I am now developing computer models of ERV evolution and replication in their host genomes with the aim of comparing simulated to empirical data and reach conclusions about their evolution and replication patterns in animal genomes.