We focus on tracking the spread of human and agricultural pathogens using a mix of phylogenetic methods and epidemiological modeling, which we call phylodynamics. We are also branching out into experimental work on how plant viruses adapt to new hosts and expand their host range.

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The lab group in June 2023.

The group is lead by Assistant Professor David Rasmussen and housed in the Bioinformatics Research Center and the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology. We also have strong ties with the Emerging Plant Disease and Global Food Security cluster at NC State.

If you are interested in doing a Ph.D. or postdoc in phylodynamics or experimental viral evolution, please contact David.