Oliver Pybus

Oliver Pybus

Department of Zoology

Research Interests

Advances in genomics are revolutionising our understanding of the evolution and genetic diversity of viruses in natural populations, with consequences for both basic research (e.g. the discovery of new forms of life) and applied research (e.g. the control of emerging epidemics). The student will join an inter-disciplinary and internationally-focused group that studies viral evolution, ecology and genomics, with a strong focus on emerging epidemics, vector-borne viruses, zoonoses, and virus taxonomy. Recent research has investigated Zika, Ebola, influenza (avian, swine and human), dengue, rabies, and noro- viruses (among others) in East Asia, South America, Europe, and sub-Saharan Africa. Projects would be developed in discussion with the student and will likely involve computational analysis and could include lab work and field work. We maintain one long-term field site in the UK, and we undertake frequent field trips abroad (e.g. Brazil).

Associated Research Streams

phylogenetics, emerging epidemics, viruses, spatial ecology, genomics, molecular evolution

Oliver Pybus

Contact information

  • Email: oliver.pybus@zoo.ox.ac.uk
  • Telephone: +44(0)1865 271274
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  • Address:
    Department of Zoology
    Zoology Research and Administration Building
    11a Mansfield Road
    OX1 3SZ