Special Issue "Viral Molecular Epidemiology"

A special issue of Viruses (ISSN 1999-4915).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Allison Imrie
Guest Editor
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, Infection and Immunity, The University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia
Interests: Virus-specific cellular immunity; Molecular epidemiology; Immunogenetics; T cell receptor; Human immunodeficiency virus; Flaviviruses; Dengue

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Viral molecular epidemiology coupled with phylogenetic analysis is a powerful approach for the investigation of transmission, diversity, and evolution and origin of viruses and to explore the determinants of disease transmission in human populations. Associations between viral genomes and disease pathogenesis and clinical outcomes may also be assessed. For example, analysis of human and animal coronavirus genomes identified in outbreaks and in surveillance programs since the emergence of SARS in 2002 has demonstrated the close relationship between human SARS CoV and bat CoV, indicating a bat origin for SARS CoV; similarly, the emergent novel coronavirus 2019-nCoV identified in patients with pneumonia of an unknown cause has been shown to be closely related yet distinct to SARS CoV, clustering with bat-derived SARS-like CoV. Incorporating molecular clock analysis to assess evolutionary origin and movement of viruses within and between countries informs our understanding of movement and dispersal of viruses and associations with disease severity, a recent example being Zika virus transmission in the Americas following likely introduction from French Polynesia. Molecular epidemiological studies using travelers as sentinels provide insights into virus transmission patterns in regions where viral genomic data are not widely reported and enhance our understanding of genome origin and evolution, and viral and epidemic virulence.

The purpose of this Special Issue is to present original research articles and reviews related to viral molecular epidemiology studies that describe transmission and evolution of human and animal viral pathogens.

Dr. Allison Imrie
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

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  • virus genomics
  • virus evolution
  • molecular epidemiology
  • phylogeny
  • virus transmission
  • viral diversity
  • travelers

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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