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Epidemiological surveillance and principles of viral molecular evolution in the investigation of Coronavirus, Influenza A and Arbovirus in bats from different regions of the State of São Paulo

Grant number: 23/04038-4
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Master
Effective date (Start): April 01, 2023
Effective date (End): March 31, 2025
Field of knowledge:Agronomical Sciences - Veterinary Medicine - Preventive Veterinary Medicine
Principal Investigator:Ricardo Durães de Carvalho
Grantee:Bruna Stefanie Silvério Alves
Host Institution: Escola Paulista de Medicina (EPM). Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP). Campus São Paulo. São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:19/01255-9 - Bats: epidemiological surveillance, high-resolution phylodynamics, search and design of peptides of biotechnological interest in emergent and reemerging viruses, AP.JP


Some species of bats have been notoriously recognized as natural reservoirs of viruses from different families, playing a crucial role in the transmission and dissemination of these pathogens. Due to the de-characterization and fragmentation of natural habitats, these mammals, naturally, seek new alternatives for shelter and food, and thus, are increasingly exposed to anthropic means, gaining synanthropic habits, characterizing themselves as important vehicles of zoonotic dissemination. With this, the present project will focus on the screening of emerging and reemerging viruses (Coronavirus [CoV], Influenza A and Arbovirus) in swab samples (oral/anal) from bats of different families and species, from different regions of the State of São Paulo. Paul. Then, with the help and support of the proposing researcher, the student will apply Bioinformatics tools aimed at the evolutionary reconstruction of the pathogens found.

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