Gage Moreno is a postdoctoral fellow in the Sabeti lab, where he is interested in viral transmission within and between hosts, the evolution of viral pathogens, and using genomics to better understand the factors promoting viral spread. In his research, Gage works to combine large-scale genomic surveillance data and individualized epidemiological metadata to better understand drivers of new SARS-CoV-2 waves. More broadly, he hopes to develop systems that can be applied to detect, monitor, and understand epidemiological drivers behind the spread of other infectious diseases.
Gage completed degrees in Genetics, with a certificate in Global Health at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He received his Ph.D. in 2021 from the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison under David O’Connor. During his PhD, Gage’s research interests were initially rooted in developing metagenomic sequencing techniques to detect novel pathogens before their emergence. After the onset of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, his work focused on using viral genome sequencing to characterize SARS-CoV-2 transmission dynamics.