Robert J Gifford

Evolutionary Biology, Bioinformatics, Virology

BSc, MSc, PhD

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Awards and achievements (2)

  • May 2009
    Andy Kaplan Prize (Cold Spring Harbor, Retroviruses)
  • Jun 1997
    Graham Kerr Prize for Zoology (Glasgow University)


My research addresses the ecology and evolution of viruses across wide-ranging timescales. Viruses typically have high mutation rates and can evolve extremely rapidly, yet may be the oldest of all kingdoms of life. Understanding the long-term evolution and origins of viral species will allow the threat posed by contemporary viruses to be assessed and countered more effectively.

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