Dr. Amr Aswad

Answering questions about how evolution works on a universal scale underpins my scientific XG5THdre
interests. My research involves exploring ancient viral evolution by means of endogenous viral elements (EVEs), particularly those whose presence is not readily explained by replication that involves obligate host genome integration. EVEs provide snapshots of ancient viruses, providing a evolutionary context in which to study modern viral disease and contributing to our understanding of the delicate host-virus relationship.

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Aswad A, Katzourakis A. A novel viral lineage distantly related to herpesviruses discovered within fish genome sequence data. Virus Evolution, 3, Issue 2, 1 July 2017

Campbell S, Aswad A & Katzourakis A (2017) Disentangling the origins of virophages and polintons. Curr. Opin. Virol. 25: 59–65


Katzourakis A, Aswad, A Endogenous Viruses Provide Shortcuts in Antiviral Immunity. Current Biology 26(10)427–R429 2016.

Aswad A, Katzourakis A. Convergent capture of retroviral super antigens by mammalian herpesviruses. Nature Communications (6), 8299 doi:10.1038/ncomms9299 2015

Katzourakis A, Aswad A, The origins of giant viruses, virophages and their relatives in host genomes. BMC Biology 12 (1), 51

A Aswad, A Katzourakis The First Endogenous Herpesvirus, Identified in the Tarsier Genome, and Novel Sequences from Primate Rhadinoviruses and Lymphocryptoviruses. PLoS genetics 10 (6), e1004332

Aswad A, Katzourakis A. Paleovirology and virally derived immunity. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 27:627-36

Book Chapters

*Mourikis, T., *Aswad, A., & Katzourakis, A. The endogenisation of retroviruses and their lasting influence on host evolution in Elsevier Encyclopaedia of Evolutionary Biology Elsevier (*Joint first)

Aswad, A. & Katzourakis, A. Paleovirology: The study of endogenous viral elements in Virus Evolution: Current Research and Future Directions. Caister Academic Press