DescriptionProject Description: Endogenous retroviruses (ERVs) are viewed as ancient retroviral infections in vertebrate genomes and are commonly referred to as viral fossils, accounting for approximately 8% of the human genome. In order to increase our understanding of these viruses in host genomes, I am developing more complex models that describe the evolution of ERVs in host genomes. Specifically, I am interested in understanding evolutionary patterns of ERVs that have intact genes and are theoretically able to re-infect when compared to those that lost this ability.
OrganizationUniversity of Oxford
DepartmentDepartment of Zoology
Sponsor Campus GridOSG Connect
Principal Investigator
Fabricia Nascimento
Field Of ScienceZoology