Research Interests

Matthew Scotch's 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. His lab is also studying computational approaches to improving phylogeography models in order to identify climate, population, and genetic factors that support viral spread.

Dr. Scotch’s lab 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.

Research foci:

  • 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 using sequences
  • Sequencing and analysis of the Influenza A genome
  • Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
  • Natural Language Processing (NLP)