Professor of Viral Ecology
Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow
- 2013-pres. University of Glasgow (PI)
- 2012-2013 University of Georgia (Postdoc)
- 2006-2011 University of Georgia (PhD Student)
- 2004-2006 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Emerging Infectious Diseases Training Fellow)
Dr Laura Bergner
Laura joined the lab in 2014 as a PhD student and became a postdoc in 2018. She has used field studies, (meta)genomics, and phylogenetics to understand ecological patterns in viral diversity. Her current project is developing an epigenetic clock to age vampire bats to understand how patterns of infection and immunity change over the lifespan of long-lived bats.
Nardus joined the lab as a postdoc in 2018 and specializes in large scale, quantitative analyses of infectious disease data, with a focus on emerging viruses. He is building forecasting models for rabies using epidemiological and viral genomic data.
Dr Jocelyn Pérez Lazo
Jocelyn is a Peruvian vet and virologist who joined the lab in 2021. Her role involves establishing a captive bat colony in Peru and conducting experiments to understand rabies virus infection in bats and the relationship between of physiological stress and RNA virus shedding. She is also monitoring wild bat colonies to study the frequency and duration of rabies epizootics.
Dr Rita Ribeiro
Rita is a veterinary epidemiologist who joined the lab in 2021. She is interested in ecological modelling and the prevention and control of zoonotic diseases. Collaborating with Jason Mathiopoulos, Rita is working on innovative landscape-level models of vampire bat distribution and connectivity in Peru using animal-borne GPS and geolocated bat roosts and attacks on livestock.
Max joined the lab as a postdoc in 2022. He studies comparative disease ecology and evolution, with a focus on host specificity, virulence evolution, and developing novel approaches for biodiversity science.
Dr Megan Griffiths
Megan used molecular data and epidemiological modelling to explore the feasibility of a herpesvirus vectored transmissible rabies vaccine to prevent spillover of rabies from vampire bats. She is now working on the epidemiology of bat flu and developing spatial models of rabies maintenance.
Hollie joined the lab in 2021 through the Wellcome Trust Integrative Infection Biology Programme. She is examining how genomic surveillance can guide on-the-ground prevention of viral emergence, studying vampire bat rabies in Central America with partners at OIRSA. In country whole genome sequencing will be paired with bat population genetics to anticipate viral spread to currently unaffected areas.
Haris joined us in October 2021 after receiving a Carnegie PhD Scholarship. He is working on developing a betaherpesvirus-vectored rabies vaccine, using lab studies, genomics and experiments in vampire bats.
Past lab members
Dr Diana Meza (now Postdoc, University of Warwick)
Dr Kevin Bakker (now Principal Scientist, Merck, USA)
Dr Julio Benavides (now Research Director in One Health, MIVEGEC, IRD, Montpellier, France)
Dr Dan Becker (now Assistant Professor, University of Oklahoma)
Dr Richard Orton (now Bioinformatician, MRC-University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research)