My current research interest is centered in the study of infectious diseases from an evolutionary, ecological and historical perspective. Using ancient DNA techniques, I reconstruct whole genomes from ancient strains of human pathogens and use phylogenetic driven approaches to understand how, where and when pathogens likely emerged and how they spread over time and geographies. This approach also allows to catch evolution “red handed” as we can determine precisely how a pathogen was in a particular moment in the past and see how it changed over time. This can be ultimately used to uncover new DNA mutations associated to virulence, host-pathogen interactions and antibiotic resistance and to better understand the epidemiology of infectious diseases.
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