Dr William Harvey
- Research Associate (Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health & Comparative Medicine)
Broadly speaking, my interests lie in the relationships between pathogens and their hosts, the evolution of traits such as resistance, virulence and host preference, and how an understanding of these processes can be used to inform disease control and intervention strategies. Based at the University of Glasgow, I am a member of the Institute of Health and Wellbeing and the Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative Medicine. I am currently undertaking a three-year UKRI Innovation Fellowship, jointly-funded by MRC and BBSRC, to investigate the structural basis of antigenic variation among both human and avian influenza viruses. My research involves a variety of laboratory techniques including serological assays and reverse genetics and computational techniques that integrate antigenic, genetic, and structural data within phylogenetic frameworks.
I completed my BSc in Evolutionary Biology at the University of Edinburgh focusing on the basis of sex-ratio bias within lineages of Drospohila miranda. I then moved to the University of Glasgow carrying out my PhD research on quantifying the genetic basis of antigenic variation among human influenza A viruses under the supervision of Dr Richard Reeve, Prof John McCauley (The Francis Crick Institute) and Prof Dan Haydon. I followed this as a post-doctoral position investigating the ecology of antimicrobial resistance in the greater Serengeti ecosystem working with Prof Louise Matthews. I am also a member of the multidisciplinary Boyd Orr Centre for Population and Ecosystem Health.
To find out more about my current and previous research, please visit my research website https://willharvey.me