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Dr Julian Villabona-Arenas

BSc ScD

Research Fellow
in HIV Phylogenetics

Room
105B

LSHTM
Keppel Street
London
WC1E 7HT
United Kingdom

I'm a biologist interested in studying the evolutionary dynamics of viruses and translating this knowledge to public health. The primary tool I use is phylogenetics.

I graduated from the Universidad Industrial de Santander (UIS), Colombia in 2008 with a BSc in Biology. In 2014, I completed a ScD in Biological Sciences at Universidade de São Paulo (USP), Brazil. From 2015-2016, I was a postdoctoral scientist at Université de Montpellier (UM), France, where I worked with the French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development (IRD) and the Institute of Computational Biology (IBC). From 2017-2018 I worked with the IRD. I joined the School by mid-2018 where I am holding a research fellow position.

Affiliations

Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health
Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology

Centres

Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Diseases

Research

My research focuses on the evolutionary dynamics of infectious diseases. I am interested in phylogenetic methods of sequence analysis that combine genetic, spatial and ecological information. I'm also keen to promote knowledge and technology transfer to developing countries. Previously, I studied Dengue virus spread at regional & global scales, and HIV drug resistance emergence & evolution in Sub-Saharan Africa. My current project concerns HIV phylogenetics and HIV eclipse phase dynamics in the UK cohort. This work is funded by the European Research Council (ERC).

Research Area
Surveillance
Viruses
Outbreaks
Discipline
Molecular epidemiology
Disease and Health Conditions
HIV/AIDS
Dengue
Country
Brazil
Cameroon
Congo, Dem. Rep.
Colombia
United Kingdom
Region
European Union
Latin America & Caribbean (developing only)
Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)