Arshan Nasir completed PhD in Informatics from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA (May 2015). His research interests are reconstructing the history of biological 'omes' (proteomes, genomes, functionomes), understanding the processes governing the emergence and evolution of viruses, and developing methods to detect horizontal gene transfer in host-associated microbial genomes. He has published >30 papers in reputed journals such as Science Advances, Trends in Microbiology, Annals of the New York Academy of Science, Nucleic Acids Research, PLoS Computational Biology, PLoS Genetics, Frontiers in Microbiology, BMC Evolutionary Biology, and others. His work on origin and evolution of viruses has especially received broad attention worldwide and has been featured on several mainstream science websites, magazines and blogs (e.g. BBC Earth, Quanta Magazine, COSMOS, National Geographic, Scientific American, Der Spiegel, Popular Science, and many others). For example, see https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/artful-amoeba/uneven-distribution-of-viruses-suggests-surprising-evolutionary-power/ for coverage on Nasir et al. 2014. Frontiers in Microbiology. 5:194. Together with Prof. Gustavo Caetano-Anolles (University of Illinois) and Prof. Jean-Michel Claverie (Aix-Marseille University in France), he is currently leading the development of a special Research Topic on 'Viruses, Genetics Exchange and the Tree of Life' (https://www.frontiersin.org/research-topics/7867/viruses-genetic-exchange-and-the-tree-of-life) to be published in Frontiers in Microbiology, the most cited microbiology journal in the World, in 2018.
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