Colin Russell

(Principal Investigator), Prof. PhD


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Research interests

I study the evolution of pathogens and the host responses that control them. Most of my research focuses on influenza viruses but I am interested in pathogens of all kinds.

I received my BSc from Emory University in 2001 and my PhD from the University of Cambridge in 2006. Following my PhD, I remained at the University of Cambridge, first as a Junior Research Fellow of Clare College and then as a Royal Society University Research Fellow. In 2017, I moved to AMC to head the Laboratory of Applied Evolutionary Biology.

Key publications:

​Morris DH, VN Petrova, E Parker, FW Rossine, BT Grenfell, SA Levin, RA Neher, CA Russell. Asynchrony between virus diversity and antibody selection limits influenza virus evolution. 

eLife. 9:e62105 (2020)


Petrova VN, B Sawatsky, AX Han, BM Laksono, L Walz, E Parker, K Pieper, CA Anderson, RD de Vries, A Lanzavecchia, P Kellam, V von Messling, RL de Swart, CA Russell. Incomplete genetic reconstitution of B cell pools contributes to prolonged immunosuppression after measles.

Science Immunology. 4:eaay6125. (2019)

Han A, S Maurer-Stroh, CA Russell. Individual immune selection pressure has limited impact on seasonal influenza virus evolution.

Nature Ecology and Evolution. 10.1038/s41559-018-0741-x. (2018)

Petrova VN, CA RussellThe evolution of seasonal influenza viruses.

Nature Reviews Microbiology. 16:47-60. (2018)

Russell CA, MD de Jong. Infectious disease management must be evolutionary.

Nature Ecology and Evolution. 1:1053-1055. (2017)

Lipsitch M, WS Barclay, R Raman, CJ Russell, J Belser, S Cobey, P Kasson, JO Lloyd-Smith, S Maurer-Stroh, S Riley, C Beauchemin, T Bedford, T Friedrich, A Handel, S Herfst, P Murcia, B Roche, C Wilke, CA RussellViral factors in influenza pandemic risk assessment.

eLife. 5:e18491. (2016)

Bedford T, S Riley, IG Barr, S Broor, M Chadha, NJ Cox, RS Daniels, CP Gunasekaran, AC Hurt, A Kelso, A Klimov, NS Lewis, X Li, JW McCauley, T Odagiri, V Potdar, A Rambaut, Y Shu, E Skepner, DJ Smith, MA Suchard, M Tashiro, D Wang, X Xu, P Lemey, CA RussellGlobal circulation patterns of seasonal influenza viruses vary with antigenic drift.

Nature. 523:217-220. (2015)

Russell CA, P Kasson, RO Donis, J Dunbar, J Asher, S Burke, CT Davis, R Garten, S Gnanakaran, S Hay, S Herfst, N Lewis, J Lloyd-Smith, C Macken, S Maurer-Stroh, E Neuhaus, C Parrish, K Pepin, A Rambaut, S Riley, S Shepard, DL Smith, D Suarez, S Trock, M-A Widdowson, D George, M Lipsitch, JD Bloom. Improving pandemic influenza risk assessment

eLife. 3:e03883. (2014)

Russell CA, J Fonville, AEX Brown, DF Burke, DL Smith, S James, S Herfst, S van Boheeman, M Linster, EJ Schwauren, L Katzelnick, A Mosterin, T Kuiken, E Maher, G Neumann,  ADME Osterhaus, Y Kawaoka, RAM Fouchier, DJ Smith. The potential for airborne transmissible avian A/H5N1 influenza viruses to evolve in nature. 

Science. 336:1541-1547. (2012)

Russell CA, TC Jones, IG Barr, NJ Cox, R Garten, V Gregory, I Gust, AW Hampson, AJ Hay, AC Hurt, JC de Jong, AI Klimov, T Kageyama, N Komadina, AS Lapedes, YP Lin, A Mosterin, M Obuchi, T Odagiri, ADME Osterhaus, GF Rimmelzwaan, MW Shaw, E Skepner, K Stohr, M Tashiro, RAM Fouchier, DJ Smith. The global circulation of seasonal influenza A(H3N2) viruses

Science. 320:340-346. (2008)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

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