News

Fri, 02/09/2018

Grey seals are using Great Point, Nantucket aa a breeding and calving site. The colony is small but promises to be a location we can sample without the use of boats.

Wed, 11/01/2017

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.

Thu, 06/01/2017

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.

Thu, 04/14/2016
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...
Wed, 03/30/2016
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 favoured when influenza jumps between viral hosts. It more broadly speaks to reticulate evolution as an...
Thu, 02/18/2016

Congratulations to Dr. Islam Hussein! His work on molecular characterization of a seal influenza virus has been published in Scientific Reports. This work, which was conducted in collaboration with the lab of Prof. Ram Sasisekharan, explored whether the seal H3N8 virus had the capacity to bind...