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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...

Wed, 01/27/2016

The Runstadler Laboratory at MIT has been studying weaned gray seal pups on Muskeget Island each January since 2013. The team has consistently found evidence of influenza A virus each year, though the specific subtype of virus has not yet been determined. This year, the Runstadler Lab team are...

Thu, 12/31/2015

Members from the Runstadler lab hosted the 2nd Annual CEIRS Surveillance Meeting, Oct 18-20, 2015, at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. 

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Mon, 11/02/2015

The Underworlds Project is a study of real-time epidemiology using biomarkers in urban sewage. The Runstadler Lab is part of the Underworlds Team, with Professor Runstadler as one of the Co-Principal Investigators and Christopher Bandoro as a Graduate...

Wed, 07/29/2015

Reassortment primes influenza for host group switches

Fri, 01/16/2015
Members of the Runstadler Lab have been sampling gray seals on Muskeget and Monomoy Islands off Cape Cod, Massachusetts during January 2015. Photo: Researchers move a seal pup.
Thu, 05/15/2014

Professor Runstadler won the "Innovative Seminar" Award at the MIT Freshman Advising Faculty Awards for his Freshman Seminar entitled "Kissing Dogs and Running Barefoot - Why Worry? Zoonotic Disease,...