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Professor Aris Katzourakis

BSc PhD Imperial


Aris Katzourakis holds a Tutorial Fellowship at St Hilda's and is Professor of Evolution and Genomics and Royal Society University Research Fellow. He teaches undergraduate students on the Biological Sciences degree.

Aris Katzourakis' research is based in the Department of Zoology, and is focused on the evolutionary biology of genomes, viruses, and selfish genetic elements. A particular field of interest is paleovirology, the study of ancient viruses over prehistoric or geological timescales.

Katzourakis A. (2013) Paleovirology:inferring viral evolution from host genome sequence data. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society Series B 368:20120493

Aswad A, Katzourakis A. (2012) Paleovirology and virally derived immunity. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 27:627-36

Katzourakis A, Gifford RJ. (2010) Endogenous viral elements in animal genomes. PLoS Genetics 6:e1001191

Katzourakis A, Gifford RJ, Tristem M, Gilbert MTP, Pybus OG. (2009) Macroevolution of complex retroviruses. Science 325:1512

Gifford RJ, Katzourakis A, Tristem M, Pybus OG, Winters M, Shafer RW. (2008) A transitional endogenous lentivirus from the genome of a basal primate and implications for lentivirus evolution. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 105:20362-7

Katzourakis A, Tristem M, Pybus OG, Gifford RJ. (2007) Discovery and analysis of the first endogenous lentivirus. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 104:6261-5


  • Tutorial Fellow in Biology
  • Professor of Evolution and Genomics, Department of Zoology