Sarah François

Postdoctoral Researcher

Department of Zoology

University of Oxford

Peter Medawar Building

South Parks Road

Oxford, OX1 3SY, UK

I have strong interests in the epidemiology, evolution, and ecology of viruses. My research aim is to identify factors governing the distribution of viruses in natural communities. My PhD research focused on the diversity and on the circulation of viruses in arthropod and plants that originate from agricultural ecosystems. I developed a sequencing protocol and computational pipeline for the recovery and analysis of whole viral communities from biological samples. 

François S, Pybus OG (2020) Towards an understanding of the avian virome. Journal of General Virology In press

François S et al. (2019) A new prevalent densovirus discovered in Acari. Insight from metagenomics in viral communities associated with two-spotted mite (Tetranychus urticae) populations. Viruses 11:233

François S et al. (2018) Increase in taxonomic assignment efficiency of viral reads in metagenomic studies. Virus Research 244:230-234

François S et al. (2018) Viral metagenomics approaches for high-resolution screening of multiplexed arthropod and plant viral communities. In Viral Metagenomics: Methods & Protocols (V. Panteleo, M. Chiumenti, eds.) pp. 7-95. Humana Press, New York.

Bernardo P et al. (2016) Molecular characterization and prevalence of two capulaviruses: Alfalfa leaf curl virus from France and Euphorbia caput-medusae latent virus from South Africa. Virology 493:142-153

François S et al. (2016) Discovery of parvovirus-related sequences in an unexpected broad range of animals. Scientific Reports 6:30880

François S et al. (2014) A novel itera-like densovirus isolated by viral metagenomics from the sea barley Hordeum marinum. Genome Announcements 2:e01196-14

Research Interests