The ongoing pandemic of COVID-19 is having a profound impact on all aspects of daily life. But how do pandemics like these start? In this talk Professor Edward Holmes describes the amazing diversity of viruses in animal populations, discuss how these animal viruses are able to jump species boundaries to emerge in humans, and outline some potential ways to prevent these emergence events from happening again.
Edward Holmes is an ARC Australian Laurate Fellow and Professor in the School of Life and Environmental Sciences and Sydney Medical School at the University of Sydney. He is a member of the University's Marie Bashir Institute for Infectious Diseases and Biosecurity, and Charles Perkins Centre.
Prior to that it was an NHMRC Australia Fellow at the University of Sydney, which he joined in 2012. Eddie received his undergraduate degree from the University of London (1986) and his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge (1990). Between 1993-2004 he held various positions at the University of Oxford, UK.
He was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (FAA) in 2015 and of the Royal Society (FRS) in 2017. In 2017 he won the NSW Premier’s Prize for Science and Engineering (Biological Sciences).