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Dr Luke Blagdon Snell is a physician specialising in infectious diseases and microbiology, and an MRC Clinical Research Fellow investigating the evolution of viral pathogens. His research interests include the evolution of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, during persistent infection in individuals with weakened immune systems.

Related work includes characteristing the properties of SARS-CoV-2 variants, and the interface between the human host and viral pathogen. Collectively within the department, work focuses on the translation of rapid genomics into clinical practice for pathogen identification, prediction of antimicrobial resistance, and outbreak analysis.