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Naomi Forrester-Soto

Reader in Vector Biology, Keele University

Dr. Forrester-Soto is a virologist who has worked on emerging viruses for the past 15 years. Her research focuses on the within-host evolution of RNA viruses, particularly how viruses infect mosquitoes at the molecular level. She spent the majority of her research career at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas.

Since moving to Keele University at the beginning of 2018, she has been establishing a similar research programme, as well as branching out to investigate environmental pressures on the mosquito vectors of important viral infections. Her goal is to identify how viruses adapt to their mosquito vectors and how these evolutionary pressures result in successful infection and transmission of the mosquito vector.


  • 2018–2020
    Reader in Vector Ecology, Keele University
  • 2015–2020
    Associate Professor, University of Texas Medical Branch
  • 2010–2020
    Assistant Professor, University of Texas Medical Branch
  • 2007–2010
    Post-doctoral research fellow, University of Texas Medical Branch