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What do SARS-CoV-2 genomes tell us about the pandemic spread? (ID Epi Seminar Series)

March 11 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Woman smilingPresented by Dr. Tanja Stadler, Associate Professor at the Department of Biosystems Science and Engineering of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zürich) in Basel. Register for the event here.

Tanja is a member of the Swiss National COVID-​19 Science Task Force. Tanja studied Applied Mathematics at the Technical University of Munich (Germany), the University of Cardiff (UK), and the University of Canterbury (New Zealand). She obtained a Master degree in 2006 and a PhD in 2008 from the Technical University of Munich (with Prof. Anusch Taraz and Prof. Mike Steel). Tanja then joined ETH Zürich as a postdoctoral researcher with Prof. Sebastian Bonhoeffer in the Department of Environmental Systems Sciences, and was promoted to Group Leader in 2011. In 2014, she moved to the Department of Biosystems Science and Engineering as an Assistant Professor where she obtained tenure in 2017. Her work is at the interface of mathematics, computer science, evolution, ecology and infectious diseases. In particular, she develops phylogenetic tools to address epidemiological and medical questions, as well as questions in the fields of ecology, species evolution, cell differentiation and language evolution. Her honors include the TUM PhD award 2008, the John Maynard Smith prize 2012, the ETH Latsis prize 2013, the Zonta prize 2013, and the ETH Golden Owl for teaching in 2016. In 2013, Tanja received an ERC starting grant.

Recommended readings:

  • du Plessis L, Stadler T. Getting to the root of epidemic spread with phylodynamic analysis of genomic data. Trends Microbiol. 2015 Jul;23(7):383-6. doi: 10.1016/j.tim.2015.04.007. PMID: 26139467.
  • Hodcroft EB, Zuber M, Nadeau S, et al. Emergence and spread of a SARS-CoV-2 variant through Europe in the summer of 2020. medRxiv [Preprint]. 2020 Nov 27:2020.10.25.20219063. doi: 10.1101/2020.10.25.20219063. PMID: 33269368; PMCID: PMC7709189.
  • Nadeau S, Beckmann C, Topolsky I, et al. Quantifying SARS-CoV-2 spread in Switzerland based on genomic sequencing data. medRxiv [Preprint]. 2020 Oct 30. doi: 10.1101/2020.10.14.20212621.