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My research uses deep sequencing of field-collected bat samples to investigate the ecology, evolution and epidemiology of bat viruses, and their relationship to the bat host. In particular, I focus on characterising a betaherpesvirus of vampire bats and its potential use as a transmissible vaccine against vampire bat transmitted rabies virus.
Transmissible vaccines are an emerging biotechnology that hold prospects to eliminate pathogens from wildlife populations. Such vaccines would genetically modify naturally occurring, nonpathogenic viruses ("viral vectors") to express pathogen antigens while retaining their capacity to transmit. The epidemiology of candidate viral vectors within the...
Vaccination is a powerful tool in combating infectious diseases of humans and companion animals. In most wildlife, including reservoirs of emerging human diseases, achieving sufficient vaccine coverage to mitigate disease burdens remains logistically unattainable. Virally vectored “transmissible” vaccines that deliberately spread among hosts are a...
Rabies is a viral zoonosis transmitted by vampire bats across Latin America. Substantial public health and agricultural burdens remain, despite decades of bats culls and livestock vaccinations. Virally vectored vaccines that spread autonomously through bat populations are a theoretically appealing solution to managing rabies in its reservoir host....
The infectious life cycle of human papillomaviruses (HPVs) is tightly linked to keratinocyte differentiation. Evidence suggests a sophisticated interplay between host gene regulation and virus replication. Alternative splicing is an essential process for host and viral gene expression, and is generally upregulated by serine arginine-rich splicing f...