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|