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Kristian Andersen

Director of Infectious Disease Genomics, Translational Research Institute
Department of Immunology and Microbiology

Scripps Research Joint Appointments

Integrative Structural & Computational Biology
Skaggs Graduate School of Chemical and Biological Sciences

Research Focus

Kristian Andersen is a professor in the Department of Immunology and Microbiology at Scripps Research, with joint appointments in the Department of Integrative Structural and Computational Biology, and at the Scripps Research Translational Institute. Over the past decade, his research has focused on the complex relationship between host and pathogen. Using a combination of next-generation sequencing, field work, experimentation, and computational biology he has spearheaded large international collaborations investigating the emergence, spread and evolution of deadly pathogens, including SARS-CoV-2, Zika virus, Ebola virus, West Nile virus, and Lassa virus. His work is highly cross-disciplinary and exceptionally collaborative.

Kristian earned his doctoral degree from the University of Cambridge and performed postdoctoral work in Pardis Sabeti's group at Harvard University and the Broad Institute.

Full list of Publications

Andersen Lab Website


Ph.D. (Immunology), University of Cambridge, UK
B.S. (Molecular Biology), University of Aarhus, DK

Professional Experience

Harvard University & Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard

University of Cambridge & MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology

Aarhus University & University of Kent, Canterbury

Selected Publications

Worobey, M.; Levy, J. I.; Malpica Serrano, L.; Crits-Christoph, A.; Pekar, J. E.; Goldstein, S. A.; Rasmussen, A. L.; Kraemer, M.; Newman, C.; Koopmans, M.; Suchard, M. A.; Wertheim, J. O.; Lemey, P.; Robertson, D. L.; Garry, R. F.; Holmes, E. C.; Rambaut, A.; Andersen, K. G. The Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market in Wuhan was the early epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic. Science 2022, 377, 951-959.

Andersen, K.; Ching Zi Yan, K.; Crits-Christoph, A.; Gangavarapu, K.; Garry, R.; Havens, J.; Holmes, E.; Hughes, S.; Izhikevich, K.; Lee, J.; Levy, J.; Lin, R.; Magee, A.; Malpica Serrano, L.; Mat Isa, M.; Matteson, N.; Moshiri, N.; Noor, Y.; Park, M.; Park, H.; Parker, E.; Pekar, J.; Rambaut, A.; Suchard, M.; Vasylyeva, T.; Wang, J.; Wertheim, J.; Worobey, M.; Zeller, M.

The molecular epidemiology of multiple zoonotic origins of SARS-CoV-2

. Science 2022, 377, 960-966.

Karthikeyan, S.; Levy, J. I.; De Hoff, P.; Humphrey, G.; Birmingham, A.; Jepsen, K.; Farmer, S.; Tubb, H. M.; Valles, T.; Tribelhorn, C. E.; Tsai, R.; Aigner, S.; Sathe, S.; Moshiri, N.; Henson, B.; Mark, A. M.; Hakim, A.; Baer, N. A.; Barber, T.; Belda-Ferre, P.; Chacón, M.; Cheung, W.; Cresini, E. S.; Eisner, E. R.; Lastrella, A. L.; Lawrence, E. S.; Marotz, C. A.; Ngo, T. T.; Ostrander, T.; Plascencia, A.; Salido, R. A.; Seaver, P.; Smoot, E. W.; McDonald, D.; Neuhard, R. M.; Scioscia, A. L.; Satterlund, A. M.; Simmons, E. H.; Abelman, D. B.; Brenner, D.; Bruner, J. C.; Buckley, A.; Ellison, M.; Gattas, J.; Gonias, S. L.; Hale, M.; Hawkins, F.; Ikeda, L.; Jhaveri, H.; Johnson, T.; Kellen, V.; Kremer, B.; Matthews, G.; McLawhon, R. W.; Ouillet, P.; Park, D.; Pradenas, A.; Reed, S.; Riggs, L.; Sanders, A.; Sollenberger, B.; Song, A.; White, B.; Winbush, T.; Aceves, C. M.; Anderson, C.; Gangavarapu, K.; Hufbauer, E.; Kurzban, E.; Lee, J.; Matteson, N. L.; Parker, E.; Perkins, S. A.; Ramesh, K. S.; Robles-Sikisaka, R.; Schwab, M. A.; Spencer, E.; Wohl, S.; Nicholson, L.; McHardy, I. H.; Dimmock, D. P.; Hobbs, C. A.; Bakhtar, O.; Harding, A.; Mendoza, A.; Bolze, A.; Becker, D.; Cirulli, E. T.; Isaksson, M.; Schiabor Barrett, K. M.; Washington, N. L.; Malone, J. D.; Schafer, A. M.; Gurfield, N.; Stous, S.; Fielding-Miller, R.; Garfein, R. S.; Gaines, T.; Anderson, C.; Martin, N. K.; Schooley, R.; Austin, B.; MacCannell, D. R.; Kingsmore, S. F.; Lee, W.; Shah, S.; McDonald, E.; Yu, A. T.; Zeller, M.; Fisch, K. M.; Longhurst, C.; Maysent, P.; Pride, D.; Khosla, P. K.; Laurent, L. C.; Yeo, G. W.; Andersen, K. G.; Knight, R. Wastewater sequencing reveals early cryptic SARS-CoV-2 variant transmission. Nature 2022, 609, 101-108.

Klitting, R.; Kafetzopoulou, L. E.; Thiery, W.; Dudas, G.; Gryseels, S.; Kotamarthi, A.; Vrancken, B.; Gangavarapu, K.; Momoh, M.; Sandi, J. D.; Goba, A.; Alhasan, F.; Grant, D. S.; Okogbenin, S.; Ogbaini-Emovo, E.; Garry, R. F.; Smither, A. R.; Zeller, M.; Pauthner, M. G.; McGraw, M.; Hughes, L. D.; Duraffour, S.; Günther, S.; Suchard, M. A.; Lemey, P.; Andersen, K. G.; Dellicour, S. Predicting the evolution of the Lassa virus endemic area and population at risk over the next decades. Nature Communications 2022, 13, 5596.

Suchard, M. A.; Andersen, K. G.; Zeller, M.; Yeo, G. W.; Watts, A.; Vanchiere, J. A.; Topol, S.; Suchard, M. A.; Spencer, E.; Snyder, D. J.; Snarski, P.; Smither, A. R.; Scott, R. S.; Sathe, S.; Sabino-santos, G.; Rose, R.; Robles-sikisaka, R.; Nolan, D. J.; Nicholson, L.; Melnik, L. I.; Mcgraw, M.; Matteson, N. L.; Marshall, M.; Marotz, C.; Lemey, P.; Laurent, L. C.; Lamers, S. L.; Knight, R.; Klitting, R.; Khan, K.; Kamil, J. P.; Hughes, L. D.; Hodcroft, E. B.; Hobbs, C. A.; Grubaugh, N. D.; Genemaras, K. J.; Garry, R. F.; Gardner, L.; Garcia-diaz, J.; Gangavarapu, K.; Fusco, D. N.; Feehan, A. K.; Farnaes, L.; Dudas, G.; Drouin, A. C.; Dehoff, P.; Cooper, V. S.; Chao, K.; Bell-kareem, A. R.; Belda-ferre, P.; Anderson, C.; Andersen, K. G.; Alkuzweny, M.; Aigner, S. Emergence of an early SARS-CoV-2 epidemic in the United States.. Cell 2021, 184, 4939-4952.e15.

Mbala-Kingebeni, P.; Pratt, C.; Mutafali-Ruffin, M.; Pauthner, M. G.; Bile, F.; Nkuba-Ndaye, A.; Black, A.; Kinganda-Lusamaki, E.; Faye, M.; Aziza, A.; Diagne, M. M.; Mukadi, D.; White, B.; Hadfield, J.; Gangavarapu, K.; Bisento, N.; Kazadi, D.; Nsunda, B.; Akonga, M.; Tshiani, O.; Misasi, J.; Ploquin, A.; Epaso, V.; Sana-Paka, E.; N'kasar, Y.; Mambu, F.; Edidi, F.; Matondo, M.; Bula Bula, J.; Diallo, B.; Keita, M.; Belizaire, M.; Fall, I. S.; Yam, A.; Mulangu, S.; Rimion, A. W.; Salfati, E.; Torkamani, A.; Suchard, M. A.; Crozier, I.; Hensley, L.; Rambaut, A.; Faye, O.; Sall, A.; Sullivan, N. J.; Bedford, T.; Andersen, K. G.; Wiley, M. R.; Ahuka-Mundeke, S.; Muyembe Tamfum, J. J. Ebola Virus Transmission Initiated by Relapse of Systemic Ebola Virus Disease. N Engl J Med 2021, 384, 1240-1247.