Research interests

  • Host-pathogen interactions
  • Viral evolution
  • Experimental evolution
  • Molecular evolution
  • Ecology


Scientific projects

After a Master degree in Host-Pathogen-Environment interactions, I explored, for my PhD, the evolution of codon usage preferences and the manipulation of translation fidelity in Ignacio G. Bravo’s lab in Montpellier, France. With the aim of working more closely with viruses and their hosts, I joined the BeePath project as a Postdoc in 2022 to study the viruses threatening the domestic honey bee as well as bumblebees. My goal is to reconstruct viral evolution with the help of experimental and molecular evolution tools in a controlled environment to better understand the host-pathogen dynamics of the Bee-Varroa-Virus system.




Borvető F, Bravo IG, Willemsen A (2020). Papillomaviruses infecting cetaceans exhibit signs of genome adaptation following a recombination event. Virus Evol. 6(1):veaa038.

Bourret J, Borvető F, Bravo IG (2020). Subfunctionalisation of paralogous genes and evolution of differential codon usage preferences: the showcase of polypyrimidine tract binding proteins. bioRxiv;

Jaguva Vasudevan AA, Balakrishnan K, Gertzen CGW, Borvető F, Zhang Z, Sangwiman A, Held U, Küstermann C, Banerjee S, Schumann GG, Häussinger D, Bravo IG, Gohlke H, Münk C (2020). Loop 1 of APOBEC3C Regulates its Antiviral Activity against HIV-1. J Mol Biol. 432(23):6200-6227.

Lefoulon E, Clark T, Borveto F, Perriat-Sanguinet M, Moulia C, Slatko BE, Gavotte L (2020). Pseudoscorpion Wolbachia symbionts: diversity and evidence for a new supergroup S. BMC Microbiol. 20(1):188.



Dr. Fanni Borveto
Institute of Evolutionary Ecology and Conservation Genomics
University of Ulm
Albert-Einstein-Allee 11
89081 Ulm
Email: fanni.borveto()

Twitter: @FBorveto