Siobain Duffy

  • Assistant Professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources, Rutgers University
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I am interested in the evolution of frequently emergent viruses, which can have RNA or single-stranded DNA genomes. My lab uses experimental evolution, molecular virology and bioinformatic approaches to understand how viruses create and maintain the genetic variation needed for adaptation to new hosts. We also work to improve phylogenetic methods for viral molecular epidemiology and for resolving the deep phylogeny of viral groups. My background is in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry (BA, Rutgers, 2000) and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (PhD, Yale, 2006), and my evolutionary virology lab ( has been at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences at Rutgers University since 2009.