Varsani Lab

Molecular Virology Lab

Varsani Lab @ The Biodesign Center for Fundamental and Applied Microbiomics, Arizona State University, Tempe, USA; arvind.varsani[at]asu.edu

Varsani Lab - the viral kind

We are a wild 'viral' molecular virology research group that works across ecosystems studying viral dynamics.

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Our broader objectives are to

  1. Study viral dynamics in Ross Sea (Antarctica) ecosystem which is recognised as anthropogenically the least-altered marine system on the planet with no evidence indicating introduction or range expansion of any species thus far, despite its changing physical environment.
  2. Unravel the viral evolutionary dynamics as a consequence of climate change.
  3. Study viral ecological interaction networks within a microbiome to unravel the dynamics of pathogen emergence.

Arvind Varsani

I am a molecular virologist who works across ecosystems from plants to animals and from the tropics to the Antarctic. My research uses a combination of traditional virology, microscopy (including transmission electron microscopy), molecular and cellular biology techniques in conjunction with modern sequencing techniques, synthetic biology and bioinformatics to characterise viruses and understand their dynamics.

Arizona State University, Tempe, USA

07/2016 - Current: Associate Professor at the Biodesign Institute and School of Life Sciences

University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand

02/2009 - 07/2016: Senior lecturer / researcher in School of Biological Sciences

University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa

07/2003 - 09/2008: Lecturer in the Structural Biology Research Unit

University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa

1998 - 2003: PhD in Molecular and cell biology

Loughborough University, Loughborough, England

1993 - 1997: BSc, DIS in Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry

ASU Now - Arvind Varsani portrait - Tempe campus - Biodesign - January 23rd, 2020  Biodesign Center for Fundamental and Applied Microbiomics associate professor and associate faculty in the Biodesign Center for Mechanisms of Evolution Arvind Varsani poses for a portrait at Biodesign on the Tempe campus Thursday evening on January 23rd, 2020. Photo by Deanna Dent/ASU Now
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Publications

Novel polyomaviruses identified in fecal samples from four carnivore species

January 18, 2023

Novel polyomaviruses identified in fecal samples from four carnivore speciesKraberger, S., Serieys, L. E. K., Riley, S. P. D., Schmidlin, K., Newkirk, E. S., Squires, J. R., Buck, C. B. & Varsani, A., Jan 2023, In: Archives of virology. 168, 1, 18.Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review

Incidence of cotton leaf curl Gezira virus and the associated alphasatellites and betasatellites in crops and ornamental plants in southern Iran

January 18, 2023

Incidence of cotton leaf curl Gezira virus and the associated alphasatellites and betasatellites in crops and ornamental plants in southern Iran Salari, K., Heydarnejad, J., Massumi, H., Hasanvand, V. & Varsani, A., 2022, (Accepted/In press) In: Tropical Plant Pathology. Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review

Identification of diverse papillomaviruses in captive black-and-white ruffed lemurs (Varecia variegata)

January 18, 2023

Identification of diverse papillomaviruses in captive black-and-white ruffed lemurs (Varecia variegata) Paietta, E. N., Kraberger, S., Custer, J. M., Vargas, K. L., Van Doorslaer, K., Yoder, A. D. & Varsani, A., Jan 2023, In: Archives of virology. 168, 1, 13. Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review

A circovirus and cycloviruses identified in feces of bobcats (Lynx rufus) in California

January 18, 2023

A circovirus and cycloviruses identified in feces of bobcats (Lynx rufus) in California Cerna, G. M., Serieys, L. E. K., Riley, S. P. D., Richet, C., Kraberger, S. & Varsani, A., Jan 2023, In: Archives of virology. 168, 1, 23. Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review

Recent changes to virus taxonomy ratified by the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (2022)

January 5, 2023

Recent changes to virus taxonomy ratified by the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (2022) Walker, P. J., Siddell, S. G., Lefkowitz, E. J., Mushegian, A. R., Adriaenssens, E. M., Alfenas-Zerbini, P., Dempsey, D. M., Dutilh, B. E., García, M. L., Curtis Hendrickson, R., Junglen, S., Krupovic, M., Kuhn, J. H., Lambert, A. J., Łobocka, … Read more

Virion-Associated Nucleic Acid-Based Metagenomics: A Decade of Advances in Molecular Characterization of Plant Viruses

January 5, 2023

Virion-Associated Nucleic Acid-Based Metagenomics: A Decade of Advances in Molecular Characterization of Plant Viruses Moubset, O., François, S., Maclot, F., Palanga, E., Julian, C., Claude, L., Fernandez, E., Rott, P., Daugrois, J. H., Antoine-Lorquin, A., Bernardo, P., Blouin, A. G., Temple, C., Kraberger, S., Fontenele, R. S., Harkins, G. W., Ma, Y., Marais, A., Candresse, … Read more

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