Brittany R Rife Magalis

Brittany R Rife Magalis,

Research Assistant Scientist

Department: MD-PATHOLOGY-GENERAL
Business Phone: (352) 273-5759
Business Email: brittany.rife@ufl.edu

Accomplishments

Co-organizer
2018-Current · International Bioinformatics Workshop on Virus Evolution and Molecular Epidemiology
Research Fellow
2016 · South African Medical Research Council Flagship Program

Research Profile

My research interests revolve around molecular evolution and epidemiology of infectious diseases both within and among hosts, with a focus in phyloanatomy, sociovirology, and transmission cluster dynamics. The goal of my research is to identify relationships among genetic sequence data that can inform us as to the driving factors of pathogen evolution, interaction, and spread.

Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID)

0000-0001-6088-4651

Publications

2021
SARS-CoV-2 shifting transmission dynamics and hidden reservoirs potentially limit efficacy of public health interventions in Italy.
Communications biology. 4(1) [DOI] 10.1038/s42003-021-02025-0. [PMID] 33883675.
2020
Contrast-FEL—A Test for Differences in Selective Pressures at Individual Sites among Clades and Sets of Branches
Molecular Biology and Evolution. [DOI] 10.1093/molbev/msaa263.
2020
Employing Molecular Phylodynamic Methods to Identify and Forecast HIV Transmission Clusters in Public Health Settings: A Qualitative Study.
Viruses. 12(9) [DOI] 10.3390/v12090921. [PMID] 32842636.
2020
HyPhy 2.5—A Customizable Platform for Evolutionary Hypothesis Testing Using Phylogenies
Molecular Biology and Evolution. 37(1):295-299 [DOI] 10.1093/molbev/msz197.
2020
Phyloanatomic characterization of the distinct T cell and monocyte contributions to the peripheral blood HIV population within the host
Virus Evolution. 6(1) [DOI] 10.1093/ve/veaa005. [PMID] 32355568.
2020
Sampling bias and incorrect rooting make phylogenetic network tracing of SARS-COV-2 infections unreliable
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 117(23):12522-12523 [DOI] 10.1073/pnas.2007295117. [PMID] 32381734.
2019
Origin and dissemination of hepatitis B virus genotype C in East Asia revealed by phylodynamic analysis and historical correlates.
Journal of viral hepatitis. 26(1):145-154 [DOI] 10.1111/jvh.13006. [PMID] 30199591.
2018
Evaluation of global HIV/SIV envelope gp120 RNA structure and evolution within and among infected hosts
Virus evolution. 4(1) [DOI] 10.1093/ve/vey018. [PMID] 29951250.
2018
Identification of conserved, primary sequence motifs that direct retrovirus RNA fate
Nucleic acids research. 46(14) [DOI] 10.1093/nar/gky369. [PMID] 29846681.
2018
Neutral Theory and Rapidly Evolving Viral Pathogens
Molecular Biology and Evolution. 35(6):1348-1354 [DOI] 10.1093/molbev/msy088. [PMID] 29688481.
2017
Emergence of recombinant Mayaro virus strains from the Amazon basin
Scientific reports. 7(1) [DOI] 10.1038/s41598-017-07152-5. [PMID] 28821712.
2017
Insights into the impact of CD8+ immune modulation on human immunodeficiency virus evolutionary dynamics in distinct anatomical compartments by using simian immunodeficiency virus-infected macaque models of AIDS progression
Journal of Virology. 91(23) [DOI] 10.1128/JVI.01162-17. [PMID] 28931681.
2017
Phylodynamic applications in 21 st century global infectious disease research
Global Health Research and Policy. 2(1) [DOI] 10.1186/s41256-017-0034-y. [PMID] 29202081.
2016
Evolution of neuroadaptation in the periphery and purifying selection in the brain contribute to compartmentalization of simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV) in the brains of rhesus macaques with SIV-associated encephalitis
Journal of Virology. 90(13) [DOI] 10.1128/JVI.00137-16. [PMID] 27122578.
2016
Phylogenetics and phyloanatomy of HIV/SIV intra-host compartments and reservoirs: the key role of the central nervous system
Current HIV research. 14(2) [DOI] 10.2174/1570162×13666151029102413.
2016
Solution structure of the HIV-1 intron splicing silencer and its interactions with the UP1 domain of heterogeneous nuclear ribonucleoprotein (hnRNP) A1
Journal of Biological Chemistry. 291(5) [DOI] 10.1074/jbc.M115.674564. [PMID] 26607354.
2015
Impact of spatial dispersion, evolution and selection on Ebola Zaire Virus epidemic waves
Scientific reports. 5(1) [DOI] 10.1038/srep10170. [PMID] 25973685.
2015
Intra-host Bayesian Phylogeography linking viral evolution and pathogenesis comes to an age
British Journal of Virology. 2(4) [DOI] 10.17582/journal.bjv/2015/2.4.58.61.
2015
On the early dynamics and spread of HIV-1
Trends in microbiology. 23(1) [DOI] 10.1016/j.tim.2014.11.004.
2015
Tracking the emergence of host-specific simian immunodeficiency virus env and nef populations reveals nef early adaptation and convergent evolution in brain of naturally progressing rhesus macaques
Journal of virology. 89(16) [DOI] 10.1128/JVI.01010-15. [PMID] 26041280.
2014
Thermodynamic and phylogenetic insights into hnRNP A1 recognition of the HIV-1 exon splicing silencer 3 element
Biochemistry. 53(13) [DOI] 10.1021/bi500180p. [PMID] 24628426.
2013
Structural study of interaction between brinzolamide and dorzolamide inhibition of human carbonic anhydrases
Bioorganic \& medicinal chemistry. 21(22) [DOI] 10.1016/j.bmc.2013.08.033.
DYNAMITE: a phylogenetic tool for identification of dynamic transmission epicenters
. [DOI] 10.1101/2021.01.21.427647.

Grants

Jun 2021 ACTIVE
Expanding genomic surveillance and epidemiology capacity in Central Florida and Southeastern US
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding: THE ROCKEFELLER FOU
Mar 2021 ACTIVE
SARS-CoV-2 genomic epidemiology in the Miami area
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding: UNIV OF MIAMI via AIDS HEALTHCARE FOUNDATION
Aug 2016 – Jul 2017
Intra-Host Phylogeography and population dynamics of SIV in the Rhesus Macaque Model of NeuroAIDS
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding: NATL INST OF HLTH

Education

PhD
2012-2017 · University of Florida
BS
2009-2012 · James Madison University

Contact Details

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