Dr Amr Aswad

BSc, MSc, Dphil


Junior Research Fellow in Zoology

Answering questions about how evolution works on a universal scale underpins Dr Aswad's scientific interests. Currently, his 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.


T Fujisawa, A Aswad, TG Barraclough. A rapid and scalable method for multilocus species delimitation using Bayesian model comparison and rooted triplets. Systematic Biology, (2016)

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

Aswad, A. & Katzourakis, A. Paleovirology: The study of endogenous viral elements. Chapter for a book on Virus Evolution. (in production)

Aswad, A. & Katzourakis, A. Convergent capture of retroviral superantigens by mammalian herpesviruses. Nature Communications. 6-8299. (2015)

Aswad, A. & Katzourakis, A. The first endogenous herpesvirus, identified in the tarsier genome, and novel sequences from primate rhadinoviruses and lymphocryptoviruses. PLoS Genetics. 10, e1004332 (2014)

Katzourakis, A. & Aswad, A. The origins of giant viruses, virophages and their relatives in host genomes. BMC Biology. 12, 51 (2014)

Aswad, A. & Katzourakis, A. Paleovirology and virally derived immunity. Trends in Ecology and Evolution. 27, 627–636 (2012)




Amr Aswad