Professor Aris Katzourakis receives a European Research Council Consolidator Grant in paleovirology

10th December 2020

Our Tutorial Fellow in Zoology and Professor of Evolution and Genomics, Department of Zoology, Professor Aris Katzourakis has been awarded a European Research Council Consolidator Grant in paleovirology, to understand the evolution of viral cross species transmissions, and host/virus gene exchange.

Professor Katzourakis said, 'I am absolutely thrilled to be awarded an ERC consolidator grant. This project will enable me to tackle crucial questions regarding the evolutionary biology of viruses and their interactions with their hosts, and to develop paleovirology from a recently established discipline to one that regularly solves fundamental problems in biology.'

'The scale of the project that an ERC consolidator award would enable, coupled with the methodological innovations and inference framework, will allow me to use paleovirology to answer fundamental questions that will have wide societal implications. How frequently and why do viruses cross between species, potentially leading to devastating novel diseases, and to what extent has gene flow between viruses and their hosts altered the course of evolution.'

Many congratulations to Professor Katzourakis on this achievement! Find out more.