Ruchi Newman is a research scientist in the Broad’s Genome Sequencing and Analysis Program, and Viral Genomics Group. Newman joined the Broad in 2009.
Newman specializes in the analysis of host-pathogen interaction in an effort to understand how these encounters impact evolution of both the virus and host. She studies viral populations either by comparing viral sequences from different geographic locations or comparing viral diversity across the entire genome within infected individuals. Analysis of genome sequences allows unprecedented insight into the viral determinants of host association, transmission and pathogenesis and could also lead to the development of new therapeutic strategies against viral diseases. Her current projects include studies of hepatitis C, West Nile Virus, simian immunodeficiency virus and herpes simplex virus.
She received her Ph.D. in molecular microbiology from the Sackler School of Biomedical Sciences at Tufts Medical School. Newman went on to complete her postdoctoral training in immunology at the Burnham Institute in La Jolla, CA and in virology at Harvard Medical School.