- Molecular Biology
- Host-Pathogen Interactions
Luis Matos’ research interests are in the evolutionary genetics of host/pathogen interactions. He is particularly interested in understanding how pathogen genetics and virulence change following host shifts to permit a successful long term infection of the novel host.
Matos’ lab studies host/pathogen interactions. They use Drosophila and Drosophila-specific viruses in a model system to learn about the evolution of virulence (harm to host) following host shifts by studying the genetics of the pathogen and pathogenesis in the host. Their goal is to understand why pathogens are capable of moving across host species (e.g. bats to humans in coronaviruses).