My research interest is on computational evolutionary biology. I have been analysing the evolution and geographic distribution of different organisms, including mammals, bacteria and viruses. My main interest is to understand why diversity is generated and why so many species are stable in their environments after millions of years.
Recently, I have being developing computational models to understand the evolution of endogenous retroviruses (ERVs). ERVs are viewed as ancient viral infections in animal genomes, including the human genome; and are commonly referred to as viral fossils.
I am now a research associate working with Erik Volz. I plan to apply my research experience to the study of phylodynamics and epidemiology of HIV.
For details on my research interests and past research funding see my personal website (click link on your left).
et al., 2020, Phylodynamic analysis of HIV-1 subtypes B, C and CRF 02_AG in Senegal, Epidemics, Vol:30, ISSN:1755-4365, Pages:1-11
Nascimento FF, dos Reis M, Yang Z, 2017, A biologist’s guide to Bayesian phylogenetic analysis, Nature Ecology and Evolution, ISSN:2397-334X
Nascimento FF, Rodrigo AG, 2016, Computational Evaluation of the Strict Master and Random Template Models of Endogenous Retrovirus Evolution, PLOS One, Vol:11, ISSN:1932-6203
et al., 2015, Reanalysis of the biogeographical hypothesis of range expansion between robust and gracile capuchin monkeys, Journal of Biogeography, Vol:42, ISSN:0305-0270, Pages:1349-1357
et al., 2013, The role of historical barriers in the diversification processes in open vegetation formations during the Miocene/Pliocene using an ancient rodent lineage as a model., Plos One, Vol:8
et al., 2011, Evolution of endogenous retroviruses in the Suidae: evidence for different viral subpopulations in African and Eurasian host species., Bmc Evol Biol, Vol:11