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Work: School of Biological Sciences and Sydney Medical School, Sydney, Australia
Edward C. Holmes is an NHMRC Australia Fellow and a Professor in the School of Biological Sciences and Sydney Medical School, joining the University of Sydney in October 2012.
Previously he was the Verne M. Willaman Chair in the Life Sciences at The Pennsylvania State University, USA. Dr. Holmes received his undergraduate degree from the University of London (1986) and his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge (1990). Following that, he performed postdoctoral research at the Universities of California (Davis), Edinburgh and Oxford. Between 1993-2004 he held various positions at the University of Oxford, including University Lecturer in Evolutionary Biology and Fellow of New College, before moving to Penn State in January 2005.
His current research focuses on the evolutionary genetics of RNA viruses, with special emphasis on the major mechanisms of virus evolution, the molecular epidemiology of important human pathogens, and the evolutionary processes that underpin viral emergence. He has published 378 peer-reviewed papers, with over 22,000 citations, and an h-index of 79. He has also authored two highly regarded books. In 2003 he was awarded the Scientific Medal for ‘Achievement in Research by a Zoologist Under the Age of 40’ by the Zoological Society of London for his work on evolutionary biology and bioinformatics. In 2010 he won the Faculty Scholars Medal in the Life and Health Sciences at Penn State.