Principal Research Associate
Royal Society University Research Fellow
Colin Russell is interested in taking PhD students.
Colin Russell is available for consultancy.
I first came to Cambridge in 2002 to pursue a PhD in Zoology as a Gates Scholar. After completing my PhD I remained in Zoology until 2013, first as a Research Associate (2006-2008), then as a Junior Research Fellow of Clare College (2008-2009), and finally as a Royal Society University Research Fellow (2009-2013). In 2013 I joined the Department of Veterinary Medicine as a Principal Research Associate and Royal Society University Research Fellow.
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Departments and Institutes
My research focuses on the interface between infectious disease evolution and epidemiology. I am particularly interested in how processes operating at different evolutionary and epidemiological scales act in concert to give rise to patterns in disease population dynamics. The majority of my work focuses on influenza viruses due to the wealth of available data, the breadth of unanswered fundamental questions, and the opportunity for major public health impact.
Current work mostly falls into four major areas:
1. The global movement of human seasonal influenza viruses.
2. Mapping heterogeneities in surveillance and cross-species transmission risk.
3. Predictability of virus evolution.
4. Linking within-host and between-host virus dynamics.
I am also one of the chief scientists of the University of Cambridge WHO Collaborating Centre for Modelling, Evolution and Control of Emerging Infectious Diseases (http://www.whocc.infectiousdisease.cam.ac.uk)
My work is funded by the Royal Society, the Isaac Newton Trust, and the Wellcome Trust.
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) article
Neher R, CA Russell, BI Shraiman. Predicting evolution from the shape of genealogical trees. eLife. 3:e03568. (2014) article
Fonville JM, SH Wilks, SL James, M Aban, L Xue, TC Jones, M Ventresca, A Fox, LNMH Pham Q, Tran ND, Y Wong, A Mosterin, LC Katzelnick, G van der Net, E Skepner, CA Russell, TD Kaplan, GF Rimmelzwaan, N Masurel, JC de Jong, A Palache, WEP Beyer, LQM Nguyen, H Wertheim, A Hurt, ADME Osterhaus, IG Barr, RAM Fouchier, P Horby, DJ Smith. Antibody landscapes after influenza virus infection or vaccination. Science. 346:996-1000. (2014) article
Watanabe T*, G Zhang*, CA Russell*, N Nakajima, M Hatta, A Hanson, R McBride, S Watanabe, M Imai, G Neumann, H Hasegawa, J Paulson, DJ Smith, Y Kawaoka. Circulating avian influenza viruses with pandemic potential due to their relatedness to the 1918 virus. Cell Host & Microbe. 15:692-705. (2014) *co-first authors article
Koel BF, DF Burke, TM Bestebroer, S van der Vliet, GCM Zondag, G Vervaet, E Skepner, NS Lewis, MIJ Spronken, CA Russell, MY Eropkin, AC Hurt, IG Barr, JC de Jong, GF Rimmelzwaan, ADME Osterhaus, RAM Fouchier, DJ Smith. Substitutions near the receptor binding site determine major antigenic change during influenza virus evolution. Science. 342:976-979. (2013) article
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) article
Garten RJ, CT Davis, CA Russell, B Shu, S Lindstrom, A Balish, WM Sessions, X Xu, E Skepner, V Deyde, M Okomo-Adhiambo, L Gubareva, J Barnes, CB Smith, SL Emery, MJ Hillman, P Rivailler, J Smagala, M de Graaf, DF Burke, RAM Fouchier, C Pappas, CM Alpuche-Aranda, H López-Gatell, H Olivera, I López, CA Myers, D Faix, PJ Blair, C Yu, KM Keene, PD Dotson, D Boxrud, AR Sambol, SH Abid, K St. George, T Bannerman, AL Moore, DJ Stringer, P Blevins, GJ Demmler-Harrison, M Ginsberg, P Kriner, S Waterman, S Smole, HF Guevara, EA Belongia, PA Clark, ST Beatrice, R Donis, J Katz, L Finelli, CB Bridges, M Shaw, DB Jernigan, TM Uyeki, DJ Smith, AI Klimov, NJ Cox. Antigenic and genetic characteristics of swine-origin 2009 A(H1N1) influenza viruses circulating in humans. Science. 325:197-201. (2009) article
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) article
A complete list of publications can be found here.