Virology | Evolution | Genomics

Rob Gifford.

Hello, I'm Robert Gifford

I'm interested in viruses and understanding how they evolve.

My research encompasses three interlinked themes:

(i) long-term co-evolutionary history of viruses and their hosts.
(ii) impact of viruses on host genomes.
(iii) impact of human activity on virus ecology and evolution.

I also lead the development of GLUE, a software environment designed specifically to facilitate comparative analysis of genomic data.


WIRED 2017 Prehistoric ancestor of leukaemia is found in 45-million-year-old bat species
Science 2014 Viruses may explain why small animals are more prone to cancer
BBC 2014 Ancient virus DNA thrives in us
National Geographic 2013 The Amazing Story of a Mammal Virus That Became a Bird One
New York Times 2011 Hunting fossil viruses in human DNA
The Guardian 2009 Research shows HIV's ancestor millions of years older than believed
New Yorker 2006 Darwin's Surprise