Talk Title: An ancient DNA perspective on human herpesvirus evolution
Charlotte Houldcroft is an assistant professor in the Department of Genetics at the University of Cambridge, leading the Virus Genomics group. Her PhD research was on Epstein-Barr virus latency at the Wellcome Sanger Institute, followed by postdoctoral research on cytomegalovirus and adenovirus at University College London and the University of Cambridge.
Charlotte has an interest in how human genetic and immunological variation shape viral diversity, and how viral diversity in turn influences human evolution. She uses whole-genome sequencing to track the spread of viruses in space and time, and studies the ancient evolution of a range of successful human pathogens.