A.E. Gorbalenya

  • Editors:

    Dept. of Medical Microbiology, Ctr. of Infectious Diseases, Leids Universitair Medisch Centrum (LUMC), Albinusdreef 2, 2333 ZA, Leiden, Netherlands

  • Dr. Gorbalenya talks about the field

    Virology is pleased to announce the appointment of an editor dedicated to handling papers on viral evolution. Evolutionary studies play a critical role in understanding virus biology and the ecology of viruses in their natural environments. Alexander (Sasha) Gorbalenya will be the dedicated editor for virus evolution papers starting 1 June 2013.

    Dr. Gorbalenya conducts evolutionary-based studies of viruses at the Leiden University Medical Center, Leiden, the Netherlands, and Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia. His current research interests include developing genome-based classification of viruses, advancing our understanding of virus speciation and adaptation to host, and translating advancements in genome characterization into improved control measures of virus infections. We welcome submission of papers in the virus evolution area.

    Here, Dr. Gorbalenya tells us more about the new section in Virology.

    Why is viral evolution an important topic?

    Due to imperfect genome replication, viruses constantly change with time (evolve) that promotes virus adaptation to the ever-changing environment and may affect infected host. Thus, studying virus evolution is central to understanding biology of virus-host interaction and host evolution, and for developing efficient means to control and use virus infections.

    What sort of articles will you be particularly interested in?

    Virology welcomes articles on all aspects of evolution of any virus as well as on approaches that facilitate studying virus evolution. Manuscripts that connect advances in virus evolution with studies of virus function and structure may be particularly insightful.

    What do you see in the future of the field?

    The on-going explosion in virus discovery provides researchers with the much-needed genome data to study virus evolution. I hope that this development will be accompanied by the equally dramatic advancement of our understanding of virus evolution, both at the micro- and macro-scales, and, subsequently, efficient utilization of this knowledge in experimental research and different applications