Cornelia Pokalyuk

    Together with Christel Kamp (Paul-Ehrlich-Institute, Langen) I organised a Workshop on "Viral Infections from an Evolutionary Perspective" at FIAS, Frankfurt, December 6-7, 2018.

    Being highly dependent on their hosts viruses have evolved various strategies to coexist with them. For example, herpesviruses are capable to switch between states of latency and reactivation, and influenza viruses perform a permanent arms race with the immune systems of their hosts. The strategies of coexistence are reflected in different infection patterns, leading for example to lifelong host infections or short episodes of infection.

    The aim of the workshop was to bring together virologists and theoreticians to discuss which evolutionary models can be helpful to explain observed infection histories, and which medical consequences could result from these. The main focus was on infections caused by the cytomegalovirus, an ancient herpesvirus, and caused by bacteriophages, that is, viruses infecting bacteria.

    A programme is available here and a poster here.