I am a trained virologist and expert in molecular biology with major research interests in evolutionary biology, disease emergence and genomics. My work includes determining the evolutionary dynamics of different viral pathogens and revealing the association between aspects of viral phenotype and viral emergence. Currently, I am most interested in the evolutionary history of HIV-1 in Australia and what factors most characterise the transmission dynamics within specific geographic areas and individual risk populations
I obtained my PhD from the University of Zurich in Switzerland. My thesis focused on the application of next-generation technologies (NGS) to investigate key aspects of HIV-1 diversity within infected patients. Upon completion of my PhD, I obtained the Early Postdoc Mobility Fellowship from the SNFS that enabled me to move to Australia and uptake a position as postdoctoral researcher under the supervision of Prof. Edward Holmes at the University of Sydney. There, I worked on a broad range of projects covering pathogen diversity, epidemiology and biological control of feral animals. I joined the Kirby Institute in January 2018 after receiving the Advanced Postdoc Mobility Fellowship from the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNFS).