Human Evolution @ UCL


EXPERTS - Human Evolution @ UCL




Contact Details

Richard Goldstein

Chair of Pathogen Evolution

Division of Infection & Immunity, Faculty of Medical Sciences

Human Evolution Interest

Research in the Goldstein lab focuses on computational modelling of pathogen evolution, with an emphasis on viruses. 

In order to understand the properties of viruses, how they transmit, how they interact with their hosts, how they transfer between hosts, we need to investigate the evolutionary process that determined their form and function. Conversely, the evolution of viruses and hosts cannot be understood without considering how their form and function constrain the evolutionary process. Finally, the evolutionary record encodes the history of these organisms - when and where they emerged, how they spread amongst various populations, how they adapted to new hosts (such as humans), and how they have interacted with host factors, immune system, and drugs. Analysis of these sequences can provide a powerful window into this history, providing insight into the present situation and future trends. This has important consequences for monitoring and controlling disease emergence and spread, for identifying new drug targets, for modelling the emergence of drug resistance, as well as for developing our basic understanding of viruses and virus-host interactions.

Human Evolution Research Themes


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