Dr Kirstyn Brunker

  • Research Associate (Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health & Comparative Medicine)

Research interests

‌Research Interests

Rabid dogMy research interests lie in the ecology and evolution of infectious diseases. My current research aims to exploit whole genome sequencing to uncover patterns of spread and persistence in viral pathogens, in my case rabies virus.

‌‌Rabies is a devastating and incurable disease with horrific clinical symptoms that have inspired a multitude of sci-fi/horror literature and film. But this very real disease still kills around 55,000 people every year in Africa and Asia despite being entirely preventable. The disease is maintained and transmitted primarily by domestic dogs, and for this reason patterns of viral dissemination are likely to be heavily influenced by human behaviour and ecology. Recent successful control programmes in South and Central America through large scale mass-vaccination of domestic dogs have demonstrated the feasibility of canine rabies elimination. However, rabies in Asia and Africa continues to escalate. 

Twitter: @kirstynbrunker

Public engagement

I am a STEM ambassador and regularly participate in Glasgow Science Festival engagement activities.‌

I have recently helped to develop a link between IBAHCM and United Glasgow FC, an organisation embracing diversity by bringing the community together through the common interest of football.

Other experience

I worked as a research technician on a one year contract with Prof Graham Coombs and Dr Saskia Decuypere on the "Heterogeneity of antimonial resistant Leishmania donovani in natural populations" at the University of Strathclyde.


Grants

Grants and Awards listed are those received whilst working with the University of Glasgow.

  • Moving from laboratory-based to real-time genomic surveillance of canine rabies virus in the field.
    Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
    2017 - 2017
     
  • Tracing transmission pathways of endemic canine rabies (ISSF Catalyst)
    Wellcome Trust
    2014 - 2015
     

Publications

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2018

Brunker, K. , Lemey, P., Marston, D. A., Fooks, A. R., Lugelo, A., Ngeleja, C., Hampson, K. and Biek, R. (2018) Landscape attributes governing local transmission of an endemic zoonosis: rabies virus in domestic dogs. Molecular Ecology, 27(3), pp. 773-788. (doi:10.1111/mec.14470) (PMID:29274171) (PMCID:PMC5900915)

2017

Picard, C., Dallot, S., Brunker, K. , Berthier, K., Roumagnac, P., Soubeyrand, S., Jacquot, E. and Thébaud, G. (2017) Exploiting genetic information to trace plant virus dispersal in landscapes. Annual Review of Phytopathology, 55, pp. 139-160. (doi:10.1146/annurev-phyto-080516-035616) (PMID:28525307)

Gilbert, L., Brunker, K. , Lande, U., Klingen, I. and Grøva, L. (2017) Environmental risk factors for Ixodes ricinus ticks and their infestation on lambs in a changing ecosystem: Implications for tick control and the impact of woodland encroachment on tick-borne disease in livestock. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 237, pp. 265-273. (doi:10.1016/j.agee.2016.12.041)

2015

Brunker, K. et al. (2015) Elucidating the phylodynamics of endemic rabies virus in eastern Africa using whole-genome sequencing. Virus Evolution, 1(1), pp. 1-11. (doi:10.1093/ve/vev011)

2012

Brunker, K. , Hampson, K. , Horton, D.L. and Biek, R. (2012) Integrating the landscape epidemiology and genetics of RNA viruses: rabies in domestic dogs as a model. Parasitology, 139(14), pp. 1899-1913. (doi:10.1017/S003118201200090X)

Decuypere, S., Vanaerschot, M., Brunker, K. , Imamura, H., Muller, S., Khanal, B., Rijal, S., Dujardin, J. and Coombs, G.H. (2012) Molecular mechanisms of drug resistance in natural Leishmania populations vary with genetic background. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, 6(2), e1514. (doi:10.1371/journal.pntd.0001514)

2010

t'Kindt, R. et al. (2010) Metabolomics to unveil and understand phenotypic diversity between pathogen populations. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, 4(11), e904. (doi:10.1371/journal.pntd.0000904)

This list was generated on Thu May 23 06:40:27 2019 BST.
Jump to: Articles
Number of items: 7.

Articles

Brunker, K. , Lemey, P., Marston, D. A., Fooks, A. R., Lugelo, A., Ngeleja, C., Hampson, K. and Biek, R. (2018) Landscape attributes governing local transmission of an endemic zoonosis: rabies virus in domestic dogs. Molecular Ecology, 27(3), pp. 773-788. (doi:10.1111/mec.14470) (PMID:29274171) (PMCID:PMC5900915)

Picard, C., Dallot, S., Brunker, K. , Berthier, K., Roumagnac, P., Soubeyrand, S., Jacquot, E. and Thébaud, G. (2017) Exploiting genetic information to trace plant virus dispersal in landscapes. Annual Review of Phytopathology, 55, pp. 139-160. (doi:10.1146/annurev-phyto-080516-035616) (PMID:28525307)

Gilbert, L., Brunker, K. , Lande, U., Klingen, I. and Grøva, L. (2017) Environmental risk factors for Ixodes ricinus ticks and their infestation on lambs in a changing ecosystem: Implications for tick control and the impact of woodland encroachment on tick-borne disease in livestock. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 237, pp. 265-273. (doi:10.1016/j.agee.2016.12.041)

Brunker, K. et al. (2015) Elucidating the phylodynamics of endemic rabies virus in eastern Africa using whole-genome sequencing. Virus Evolution, 1(1), pp. 1-11. (doi:10.1093/ve/vev011)

Brunker, K. , Hampson, K. , Horton, D.L. and Biek, R. (2012) Integrating the landscape epidemiology and genetics of RNA viruses: rabies in domestic dogs as a model. Parasitology, 139(14), pp. 1899-1913. (doi:10.1017/S003118201200090X)

Decuypere, S., Vanaerschot, M., Brunker, K. , Imamura, H., Muller, S., Khanal, B., Rijal, S., Dujardin, J. and Coombs, G.H. (2012) Molecular mechanisms of drug resistance in natural Leishmania populations vary with genetic background. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, 6(2), e1514. (doi:10.1371/journal.pntd.0001514)

t'Kindt, R. et al. (2010) Metabolomics to unveil and understand phenotypic diversity between pathogen populations. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, 4(11), e904. (doi:10.1371/journal.pntd.0000904)

This list was generated on Thu May 23 06:40:27 2019 BST.