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Dr Astrid Gall

Dr Astrid Gall

Research Associate (Bioinformatics) – Laboratory of Viral Zoonotics & Disease Dynamics Unit

Fellow – Lucy Cavendish College


2016 – Present: Research Associate (Bioinformatics), University of Cambridge, UK, Department of Veterinary Medicine, Laboratory of Viral Zoonotics & Disease Dynamics Unit

2012 – 2016: Staff Scientist, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Hinxton, Cambridge, UK, Virus Genomics group

2009 – 2012: Postdoctoral Scientist, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Hinxton, Cambridge, UK, Virus Genomics group

2006 – 2009: Postdoctoral Scientist, Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut, Federal Research Institute for Animal Health, Greifswald – Insel Riems, Germany, Institute of Diagnostic Virology. Affiliated with the German National and OIE (World Organisation for Animal Health) Reference Laboratory for Avian Influenza.

2004 – 2006: Dr. med. vet. (PhD) degree, University of Veterinary Medicine, Hannover, Germany. The research was carried out at Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut.

1998 – 2004: Veterinary Degree, University of Veterinary Medicine, Hannover, Germany

I am also a Fellow of Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge, UK, where I have held part-time roles as Tutor, Assistant Graduate Tutor, Director of Studies for Preclinical Veterinary Medicine, and Newton Trust time-limited Teaching Fellow & Supervisor between 2011 and 2016.

Research Interests

My research interests are the epidemiology, evolution and genomics of viruses, particularly highly diverse human, animal and zoonotic RNA viruses. They also include host-virus-interaction, such as the dynamics of viruses and immune responses within and between hosts. I currently focus on the molecular epidemiology, modelling and design of vaccine antigens for Viral Haemorrhagic Fever viruses. Previous work covered Human Immunodeficiency Virus 1, Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus, human and animal influenza viruses, including pandemic H1N1 and H5N1/Asia, Xenotropic Murine Leukemia Virus, Epstein-Barr virus and Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disesase Virus.

In addition, I am enthusiastic about science communication, e.g. regularly volunteer at the Cambridge Science Festival and have written articles for a wider microbiological audience as well as blog posts.


  • Genomics
  • Evolution
  • Influenza
  • Vaccine development
  • Virology
  • Molecular epidemiology
  • Pathogen Evolution
  • Africa
  • Bayesian Methods
  • Phylogenetics
  • Veterinary Science
  • Antibody response to HIV
  • Bioinformatics
  • Sequencing
  • Dynamics


  • Influenza (Flu)
  • HIV
  • Emerging viral diseases
  • RNA virus
  • Zoonoses
  • AIDS

Key Publications

A complete list of my publications can be found on Google Scholar