Vincent Racaniello and Alan Dove traveled to Tufts Veterinary school to discuss the ins and outs of studying wild reservoirs for influenza.
Influenza’s wild origins in the animals around us. https://theconversation.com/influenzas-wild-origins-in-the-animals-around-us-91058
Grey seals are using Great Point, Nantucket as a breeding and calving site. The colony is small but promises to be a location we can sample without the use of boats.
Kate Sawatski has joined the lab as a postdoctoral scholar to work on influenza evolution and ecology. Kate joins us after completing her PhD in Microbiology from Boston University.
Following Dr. Runstadler’s appointment as Professor in the Department of Infectious Disease & Global Health at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, the move of the lab has started into our new space on the Grafton campus.
In this work led by Dr. Islam Hussein, our group has found that an engineered mutation in the influenza replication machinery of a wild bird H9N2 virus allows it to replicate in human cells, indicating that this mutation is likely implicated in adaptation of wild animal-origin viruses to humans. Co-authors […]
In this work led by PhD candidate Eric J. Ma, our group co-analyzed influenza sequencing data and influenza host barcode sequences, and discovered that genome shuffling is a mechanism that is favored when influenza jumps between viral hosts. It more broadly speaks to reticulate evolution as an evolutionary process that […]