The postdoc will lead work to extend our understanding of the role of negative frequency-dependent selection in Streptococcus pneumoniae.
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The postdoctoral fellow would support Drs. Lipsitch and Hanage labs at the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics (ccdd.hsph.harvard.edu) leading work to extend our understanding of the role of negative frequency-dependent selection in Streptococcus pneumoniae (see below).
The postdoctoral research fellow will lead work to extend our understanding of the role of negative frequency-dependent selection in Streptococcus pneumoniae. This concept that Streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumococcus) population structure is determined by a process of negative frequency-dependent selection on the accessory genome has been supported by both cross sectional and longitudinal comparisons, with the advent of pneumococcal conjugate vaccines providing a strong perturbation to test the hypothesis (1, 2). Many questions persist about the generality of this phenomenon, the mechanism by which it operates, the genes involved, and so forth. The postdoctoral research fellow will lead work to devise and apply approaches to answer these remaining questions with the scientific goal of understanding the mechanism, and the public health goal of improving predictions of evolutionary trajectories. This work will be with Drs. Lipsitch and Hanage, and collaborators in other institutions.
- Corander J, Fraser C, Gutmann MU, et al. Frequency-dependent selection in vaccine-associated pneumococcal population dynamics. Nat Ecol Evol. 2017;1(12):1950-60. doi:10.1038/s41559-017-0337-x
- Azarian T, Martinez PP, Arnold BJ, et al. Frequency-dependent selection can forecast evolution in Streptococcus pneumoniae. PLoS Biol. 2020;18(10):e3000878. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.3000878
- Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
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- December 1st, 2023
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- August 17th, 2023 12:58
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