Sarah Hill

DPhil Student

Room D53

Department of Zoology

University of Oxford

South Parks Road

Oxford, OX1 3PS, 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) Age-dependent increases in breadth of antibody response to avian influenza in wild swans. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 283:20162159

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 MUG, Faria NR, Reiner Jr RC, Golding N, Nikolay, B, Johansson MA, Salje H, Faye O, Wint GRW, Niedrig M, Shearer FM, Hill SC, Bisanzi D, Nax HH, Pradelski BS, Murphy NR, Bogoch II, Khan K, Brownstein JS, Tatem AJ, de Oliveira T, Smith DL, Sall A, Pybus OG, Hay SI, Cauchemez S (2017) Spread of yellow fever virus outbreak in Angola and the Democratic Republic Congo 2015-2016. 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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