Sebastian Lequime

Sebastian Lequime is to receive the 2021 Beijerinck Premium for his research on viral evolution. He searches viral genetic material for clues as to their origins and how they are transmitted.

He is particularly interested in viruses transmitted by insects and ticks and in viruses that infect bacteria. In addition to his research, Lequime also does a significant amount of outreach. For example, he contributes to the Vir(Ev)o YouTube channel, devoted to explaining the basic concepts of viral evolution and molecular epidemiology.

Lequime (born 1988) is assistant professor at the University of Groningen’s Institute for Evolutionary Life Sciences.