Dr. Jonathan A. Runstadler is Professor of Virology, Immunogenetics, Disease Ecology, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University.
The Runstadler Lab specializes in a comprehensive explanation of the transmission of viruses, especially influenza, from animals to humans. Dr. Runstadler combines expertise in veterinary science and human disruption of ecological systems to provide a deep understanding of outbreaks such as the 1918 influenza and recent Covid-19 and other coronaviruses.
Dr. Runstadler appeared on Science for the Public’s Contemporary Science Issues and Innovations June 17, 2020 to discuss Spillover! Virus Transmission from Animals-to-Humans. He described animal hosts (such as certain bats and birds) host viruses but remain immune themselves. And he explained how viruses are transmitted from these hosts, especially in the modern global community. Dr. Runstadler’s lab is a participant in the One Health Movement: “the concept that the health of humans is entwined with the health of animals and of the environment. The One Health and Evolutionary Medicine initiatives are forging collaborations between medical doctors, veterinarians, ecologists, environmental researchers and those in many other fields to describe the connections among environmental change, animals and human health.