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Matthew Scotch, MPH


Research Summary

Matthew Scotch is Associate Professor of Biomedical Informatics in the College of Health Solutions and Assistant Director of the Biodesign Center for Environmental Health Engineering at Arizona State University. His research focuses on the theory and application of phylogeography to study the migration of zoonotic RNA viruses with a particular interest in influenza A viruses. Work in his lab includes the integration, analysis, and presentation of viral genetics for public health/animal health surveillance.

Current projects include studying approaches to advance phylogeography models in order to identify climate, population, and genetic factors that support viral spread (funding: NIH/NLM R01LM012080) and geospatial metadata in virus sequence databases and approaches to include observation error for virus phylogeography (funding: NIH/NIAID R01AI117011).

His lab group is also interested in the molecular epidemiology of zoonotic viruses including the amplification and sequencing of influenza A genes for studying spread among avian and human hosts.

Extensive Research Description

  • Bioinformatics for Public Health (systems that leverage molecular sequence data to support decision-making at health agencies)
  • Zoonotic disease surveillance (linking health data on animal and humans)
  • Phylogeography of zoonotic RNA viruses
  • Molecular epidemiology of zoonotic RNA viruses
  • Sequencing and analysis of the Influenza A genome
  • Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
  • Natural Language Processing (NLP)

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