Simon Anthony, D. Phil

Assistant Professor in Epidemiology
Phone: 212.342.0558
Fax: 212.342.9044




University of Wales, Bangor, United Kingdon, B.Sc. Zoology, 2001
University of Oxford/The Pirbright Institute, United Kingdom, D.Phil, Molecular Virology, 2007


Emerging infectious diseases
Viral discovery and surveillance
Viral ecology


My work focuses on zoonotic and emerging infectious diseases (EIDs), specifically on the discovery, ecology, evolution, and epidemiology of viruses. I am interested in the factors that increase the risk of disease emergence in humans, including host or viral traits, and in basic yet fundamental questions about viral diversity, such as the number of viruses that exist and how viral communities are assembled. The overall objective of my work is to understand how genetic, ecological, and evolutionary factors each contribute to the risk of zoonotic emergence.

Key countries of engagement: Bangladesh, Brazil, Malaysia, Uganda, Mexico, Bolivia
Affiliations: EcoHealth Alliance, Columbia University Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology


Anthony SJ, Johnson CK, Greig DJ, Kramer S, Che X, Wells H, Hicks AL, Joly DO, Wolfe ND, Daszak P, Karesh W, Lipkin WI, Morse SS, PREDICT Consortium, Mazet JAK, Goldstein T. Global patterns in coronavirus diversity. Virus Evolution. 2017 June;12;3(1):vex012. doi: 10.1093/ve/vex012

Anthony SJ, Gilardi K, Goldstein T, Ssebide B, Mbabazi R, Navarrete-Macias I, Liang E, Wells H, Hicks A, Petrosov A, Byarugaba DK, Debbink K, Yount BL, Menachery VD, Cranfield M, Johnson CK, Baric RS, Lipkin WI, Mazet JAK. Further evidence for bats as the evolutionary source of MERS Coronavirus. mBio. 2017 April;8(2);e00373-17. doi: 10.1128/mBio.00373-17

Wray AK, Olival KJ, Moran D, Renee-Lopez M, Alvarez D, Navarrete-Macias I, Liang E, Simmons NB, Lipkin WI, Daszak P, Anthony SJ. Viral Diversity, Prey Preference, and Bartonella Prevalence in Desmodus rotundus in Guatemala. EcoHealth. 2016 December;13(4);761-774. doi: 10.1007/s10393-016-1183-z

Epstein JE, Anthony SJ, Islam A, Kilpatrick AM, Ali Khan S, Ross N, Smith I, Barr J, Zambrana-Torrelio C, Tao Y, Quan PL, Olival K, Gurley E, Hossain MJ, Field HE, Fielder M, Briese T, Rahman M, Crameri G, Wang LF, Luby S, Lipkin WI, Daszak P. Nipah virus ecology and infection dynamics in its bat reservoir, Pteropus medius, in Bangladesh 2016. International Journal of Infectious Diseases. 53:20-21.

Anthony SJ, St. Leger JA, Liang E, Hicks AL, Sanchez-Leon MD, Jain K, Lefkowitch J, Navarrete-Macias I, Knowles N, Solovyov A, Goldstein T, Pugliares K, Ip HS, Rowles T, Lipkin WI. Discovery of a novel hepatovirus (Phopivirus of seals) related to human hepatitis A virus. mBio. 2015 August;6(4):e01180-15. doi:10.1128/mBio.01180-15

Anthony SJ, Islam A, Johnson C, Navarrete-Macias I, Liang E, Jain K, Hitchens PL, Che X, Soloyvov A, Hicks AL, Ojeda-Flores R, Ulrich W, Rostal MK, Epstein JH, Petrosov A, Garcia J, Haider N, Wolfe N, Goldstein T, Morse SS, Rahman M, Mazet J, Daszak P, Lipkin WI. Non-random patterns in viral diversity. Nature Communications. 2015 September;6:8147. doi:10.1038/ncomms9147

Lipkin WI, Anthony SJ. Virus Hunting (review paper). Virology. 2015;194-9.

Duncan AE, Smedley R, Anthony SJ, Garner MM. Malignant melanoma in the penguin: Characterization of the clinical, histologic, and immunohistochemical features of malignant melanoma in 10 individuals from three species of penguin. Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine. 2014;45(3):534-549.

Bogich TL, Anthony SJ, Nichols JD. Surveillance theory applied to virus detection: A case for targeted discovery (Special Report). Future Medicine. 2013 November;8(12):1201-1206. doi: 10.2217/fvl.13.105

Anthony SJ, Garner MM, Palminteri L, Navarrete-Macias I, Sanchez-Leon MD, Briese T, Daszak P, Lipkin WI. West Nile virus in the British Virgin Islands. EcoHealth. 2014 June;11(2):255-257. doi: 10.1007/s10393-014-0910-6

Seimon TA, Olson SH, Lee KJ, Rosen G, Ondzie A, Cameron K, Reed P, Anthony SJ, Joly DO, McAloose D, Lipkin WI. Adenovirus and Herpesvirus Diversity in Free-Ranging Great Apes in the Sangha Region of the Republic of Congo. PLoS One. 2015 March;10(11):E0142766. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0118543

Anthony SJ, Epstein JH, Murray KA, Navarrete-Macias I, Zambrana-Torrelio CM, Solovyov A, Ojeda-Flores R, Arrigo NC, Islam A, Ali Khan S, Hosseini P, Bogich TL, Olival KJ, Sanchez-Leon MD, Karesh W, Goldstein T, Luby SP, Morse SS, Mazet JAK, Daszak P, Lipkin WI. A strategy to estimate unknown viral diversity mammals. mBio. 2013;4(5):e00598-13.

Anthony SJ, St. Leger JA, Navarrete-Macias I, Nilson E, Sanchez-Leon M, Liang E, Seimon T, Jain K, Daszak P, Briese T, Lipkin, WI. Polyomavirus in a common dolphin (Delphinus delphis) with tracheobronchitis. PLoS One. 2013 July;8(7):e68239. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0068239

Goldstein T, Mena I, Anthony SJ, Medina R, Robinson PW, Greig DJ, Costa DP, Lipkin WI, Garcia-Sastre A, Boyce WM. Pandemic H1N1 Influenza Isolated from Free-Ranging Northern Elephant Seals in 2010 off the Central California Coast. PLoS One. 2013 May;8(5):e62259. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0062259

Quan PL, Firth C, Conte JM, Williams SH, Zambrana-Torrelio C, Anthony SJ, Ellison JA, Gilbert AT, Kuzmin AV, Niezgoda MN, Osinupi MOV, Recuenco S, Markotter W, Breiman R, Kalemba L, Malekani J, Lindblade KA, Rostal MK, Ojeda-Flores R, Suzan G, Davis LB, Blau DM, Ogunkoya AB, Alvarez-Castillo DA, Morgan D, Ngam S, Akaibe D, Agwanda B, Briese T, Epstein JH, Daszak P, Rupprecht CE, Holmes EC, Lipkin WI. Bats a major natural reservoir for hepaciviruses and pegiviruses. PNAS. 2013 May;110(20):8194-8199. doi/10.1073/pnas.1303037110

Anthony SJ, Ojeda-Flores R, Rico-Chavez O, Navarrete-Macias I, Zambrana-Torrelio C, Rostal MK, Epstein JH, Tipps T, Liang E, Sanchez-Leon MD, Sotomayor-Bonilla J, Aguirre AA, Avila-Flores R, Medellin RA, Goldstein T, Suzan G, Daszak P, Lipkin WI. Coronaviruses in bats from Mexico. J.Gen Virol. 2013 May;94(5):1028-1038. doi: 10.1099/vir.0.049759-0

Olival KJ, Islam A, Yu M, Anthony SJ, Epstein JH, Khan SA, Khan SU, Crameri G, Wang LF, Lipkin WI, Luby SP, Daszak P. Filovirus Infection in Fruit Bats (Rousettus leschenaultii), Bangladesh 2013. Emerg Infec Dis. 2013 February;19(2):270-273. doi: 10.3201/eid1902.120524

Anthony SJ, St Leger JA, Pugliares K, Ip HS, Chan JM, Carpenter ZW, Navarette-Macias I, Sanchez-Leon M, Saliki JT, Pedersen J, Karesh W, Daszak P, Rabadan R, Rowles T, Lipkin WI. Emergence of fatal influenza in New England Harbor seals. mBio. 2012 July;3(4):e00166-12. doi:10.1128/mBio.00166-12

LaMere SA, St. Leger JA, Schrenzel MD, Anthony SJ, Rideout BA, Salomon DR. Molecular characterization of a novel gammaretrovirus in killer whales (Orcinus orca). Journal of Virology. 2009 October;83(24):12956-67. doi: 10.1128/JVI.01354-09

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