Sarah Hill

DPhil Student

Department of Zoology

University of Oxford

Peter Medawar Building

South Parks Road

Oxford, OX1 3SY, UK

I am interested in the epidemiology and ecology of viruses in natural populations. My research involves developing and applying techniques to integrate virus genetic data with traditional clinical and demographic data. I study a variety of systems, including (i) the dynamics of viruses in wild swans, especially avian influenza, (ii) HCV transmission within social networks and (iii) the evolution and diversity of small DNA viruses in badger populations. I am a Graduate Prize Scholar at Merton College.

Research Interests

Hill SC, Manvell RJ, Schulenburg B, Shell W, Wikramaratna PS, Perrins CM, Sheldon BC, Brown IH, Pybus OG (2016) Antibody responses to avian influenza viruses in wild birds broaden with age. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 283:20162159

Faria NR, Quick J, Claro IM, Thézé J, de Jesus JG, Giovanetti M, Kraemer MUG, Hill SC, Black A, da Costa AC, Franco LC, Silva SP, Wu CH, Raghwani J, Cauchemez S, du Plessis L, Verotti MP, de Oliveira WK, Carmo EH, Coelho GE, Santelli ACFS, Vinhal LC, Henriques CM, Simpson JT, Loose M, Andersen KG, Grubaugh ND, Somasekar S, Chiu CY, Muñoz-Medina JE, Gonzalez-Bonilla CR, Arias CF, Lewis-Ximenez LL, Baylis SA, Chieppe AO, Aguiar SF, Fernandes CA, Lemos PS, Nascimento BLS, Monteiro HAO, Siqueira IC, de Queiroz MG, de Souza TR, Bezerra JF, Lemos MR, Pereira GF, Loudal D, Moura LC, Dhalia R, França RF, Magalhães T, Marques ET Jr, Jaenisch T, Wallau GL, de Lima MC, Nascimento V, de Cerqueira EM, de Lima MM, Mascarenhas DL, Neto JPM, Levin AS, Tozetto-Mendoza TR, Fonseca SN, Mendes-Correa MC, Milagres FP, Segurado A, Holmes EC, Rambaut A, Bedford T, Nunes MR, Sabino EC*, Alcantara LCJ, Loman NJ, Pybus OG (2017) Establishment and cryptic transmission of Zika virus in Brazil and the Americas. Nature 546:406-10

Faria NR, Azevedo RD, Kraemer MU, Souza R, Cunha MS, Hill SC, Thézé J, Bonsall MB, Bowden TA, Rissanen I, Rocco IM, Nogueira JS, Maeda AY, Vasami FG, Macedo FL, Suzuki A, Rodrigues SG, Cruz AC, Nunes BT, Medeiros DB, Rodrigues DS, Nunes Queiroz AL, Silva EV, Henriques DF, Travassos da Rosa ES, de Oliveira CS, Martins LC, Vasconcelos HB, Casseb LM, Simith DB, Messina JP, Abade L, Lourenço J, Alcantara LC, Lima MM, Giovanetti M, Hay SI, de Oliveira RS, Lemos PD, Oliveira LF, de Lima CP, da Silva SP, Vasconcelos JM, Franco L, Cardoso JF, Vianez-Junior JL, Mir D, Bello G, Delatorre E, Khan K, Creatore M, Coelho GE, de Oliveira WK, Tesh R, Pybus OG, Nunes MR, Vasconcelos PF (2016) Zika virus in the Americas: early epidemiological and genetic findings. Science 352:345-9

Kraemer MU, Faria NR, Reiner RC Jr, Golding N, Nikolay B, Stasse S, Johansson MA, Salje H, Faye O, Wint GR, Niedrig M, Shearer FM, Hill SC, Thompson RN, Bisanzio D, Taveira N, Nax HH, Pradelski BS, Nsoesie EO, Murphy NR, Bogoch II, Khan K, Brownstein JS, Tatem AJ, de Oliveira T, Smith DL, Sall AA, Pybus OG, Hay SI, Cauchemez S (2017) Spread of yellow fever virus outbreak in Angola and the Democratic Republic Congo 2015-2016: a modelling study. Lancet Infectious Diseases 17:330-38

Hill SC, Lee YJ, Song BM, Kang HM, Lee EK, Gilbert M, Brown IH, Pybus OG (2015) Wild waterfowl migration and domestic duck density shape the epidemiology of highly pathogenic H5N8 influenza in the Republic of Korea. Infection, Genetics & Evolution 34:267-77

The Global Consortium for H5N8 & Related Influenza Viruses (2016) Role for migratory wild birds in the global spread of avian influenza H5N8.
Science 354:213–7

Hill SC, Murphy AA, Cotton M, Palser AL, Benson P, Lesellier S, Gormley E, Richomme C, Grierson S, Bhuachalla DN, Chambers M, Kellam P, Boschiroli ML, Ehlers B, Jarvis MA, Pybus OG (2015) Discovery of a polyomavirus in European badgers (Meles meles) and the evolution of host range in the Polyomaviridae. Journal of General Virology 96:1411–22

Hill SC, Mohammad TR, Kivisild T (2013) Effect of nomadic subsistence practices on lactase persistence associated genetic variation in Kuwait. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 152:140-4

Basu Mallick C, Iliescu FM, Möls M, Hill S, Tamang R, Chaubey G, Goto R, Ho SYW, Gallego Romero I, Crivellaro F, Hudjashov G, Rai N, Metspalu M, Mascie-Taylor CGN, Pitchappan R, Singh L, Mirazon-Lahr M, Thangaraj K, Villems R, Kivisild T (2013) The light skin allele of SLC24A5 in South Asians and Europeans shares identity by descent. PLOS Genetics 9:e1003912

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