About Me

I am a postdoctoral researcher in the Virus Ecology Unit in the Laboratory of Virology at the NIH/NIAID Rocky Mountain Laboratories.

I use molecular, computational, and experimental techniques to investigate host-pathogen interactions. I am broadly interested in studying the population genetic and ecological factors that influence the host range, geographic distribution, and evolution of pathogens. My current model systems are Ebola virus in African fruit bats (the putative reservoir) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in dromedary camels. I pursue the study of these pathogens in the field by sampling from African fruit bats in the Republic of Congo, in the laboratory where I recover sequence data from both hosts and pathogens and conduct experiments to test ecological and evolutionary hypotheses, and at the computer by developing models to help us understand the broader implications of our field and laboratory data.

I completed my doctoral research in the Evolution and Ecology of Disease Systems Laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania in the Department of Biology working under Dustin Brisson.

I can be contacted at seifertsteph@gmail.com

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