UCL Division of Biosciences


Dr. Stephen J. Price

Stephen Price

My interests centre on determinants of virulence and host range, emergence of novel pathogens, and human interventions with knock on effects for infectious disease dynamics.

Since 2009 I have been working on dsDNA viruses (genus Ranavirus, family Iridoviridae) responsible for severe disease, mass-mortality and declines in amphibian hosts. I have employed a range of complementary approaches to study emergence of European ranaviruses including spatial epidemiology, candidate gene phylogenetics, and whole genome sequencing. I am currently using high throughput sequence datasets to study virus evolution as well as host responses to pathogen exposure. I am also interested in developing protocols to enable more sensitive, widespread, non-invasive sampling and diagnostics to improve disease surveillance and research opportunities.

My work includes fieldwork at sites of disease outbreaks, a range of core molecular biology techniques, and diverse computational approaches to data analysis. I work at the interface of veterinary science, population genetics, and bioinformatics and collaborate with experts in each of these fields to research questions of conservation and evolutionary importance and interest.