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What can we learn from viral phylogenies?

Presented by: 
T Bedford University of Edinburgh
Date: 
Thursday 22nd August 2013 - 13:30 to 14:00
Venue: 
INI Seminar Room 1
Session Title: 
Evolution of Virulence, of Resistance, Antigenic Evolution, Phylodynamics
Abstract: 
The coalescent was developed in the context of population genetics to infer population-level parameters from genetic data. It describes the effects of population size and demography on the genetic relationships among individuals in an evolving population. Here, I discuss how to relate the coalescent to inference of infectious disease dynamics. I cover mathematical theory, as well as statistical inference. I also discuss possibilities for future developments in joint inference using epidemiological and genetic data.
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Presentation Material: 
University of Cambridge Research Councils UK
    Clay Mathematics Institute London Mathematical Society NM Rothschild and Sons