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)

Research output

  1. The evolution of seasonal influenza viruses

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