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David Rasmussen

Associate Professor

Bioinformatics Research Center

Emerging Plant Disease and Global Food Security Cluster

Ricks Hall 312


Area(s) of Expertise

David leads the Phylodynamics Research Group at NC State which develops new phylogenetic and computational methods for genomic epidemiology. Recent work by the group has centered around quantifying the fitness of viral pathogens in terms of their transmission potential between hosts using genomic sequence data. David’s group also studies how plant viruses such as Tomato spotted wilt virus adapt to novel hosts and expand their host range by resolving fitness tradeoffs between hosts.

David Rasmussen joined the DEPP faculty in 2018 as part of the Emerging Plant Disease and Global Food Security Cluster.


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Ph.D., Biology, Duke University (2014)
BA, Biology, Reed College (2007)