Internal talk by Prof Oliver Pybus
Where next for virus genomic epidemiology and phylodynamics?
The COVID-19 pandemic has seen virus genomic epidemiology transformed from a specialist and often theoretical discipline into a widely-recognised applied tool for public health with a global reach. Additionally, the pandemic has seen a 1000-fold increase in the number of virus genomes available for analysis, with genomes being generated and shared in near real-time by labs and surveillance centres on every continent, which has led to the development of entirely new analytical methods, computational tools, and ways of collaborating. In this talk I will briefly review some recent applications of virus genomic epidemiology and phylodynamics to SARS-CoV-2 and other viruses, and then consider possible future directions for the field and applications of phylodynamics beyond infectious disease