Dr David Pascall
- Research Assistant (Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health & Comparative Medicine)
My undergraduate degree was in Evolutionary Biology at the University of Edinburgh. I then completed a PhD at the Cornwall Campus of the University of Exeter on multihost bumblebee viruses under the supervision of Dr Lena Wilfert and Professor Juliet Osbourne, before moving to Glasgow to begin this post-doc. My PhD involved wet lab work, field work, population genetics, bioinformatics, phylogenetics and Bayesian statistics. In addition to bluetongue virus and a wide range of bumblebee viruses, I have worked on rabies virus, foot-and-mouth disease virus and SARS-CoV-2.
My main interests lie in the use of statistical methods to study the epidemiology of infectious diseases. I am also interested in board biological problems that require specialised statistical modelling approaches. Much of my work has focused on questions that can be answered from viral phylogenies, looking at, for instance, disease emergence and spatial persistence, or the effects of mutations on viral phenotypes (which requires phylogenetic control). I am currently a post-doc working in Roman Biek’s group in the Boyd Orr Centre for Population and Ecosystem Health and Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative Medicine at the University of Glasgow. I am funded under the PALE-Blu Horizon 2020 project studying the molecular epidemiology of bluetongue virus in Europe. I co-run the departmental statistics journal club with Fergus Chadwick and the departmental statistics surgery with Paul Johnson. My Google Scholar page can be accessed here.