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

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Publications

Identification of a new turncurtovirus in the leafhopper Circulifer haematoceps and the host plant species Sesamum indicum

November 15, 2018

Identification of a new turncurtovirus in the leafhopper Circulifer haematoceps and the host plant species Sesamum indicum Hasanvand, V., Kamali, M., Heydarnejad, J., Massumi, H., Kvarnheden, A. & Varsani, A., Jan 1 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Virus Genes. Research output: Contribution to journal › Article

Virus discovery in all three major lineages of terrestrial arthropods highlights the diversity of single-stranded DNA viruses associated with invertebrates

November 8, 2018

Virus discovery in all three major lineages of terrestrial arthropods highlights the diversity of single-stranded DNA viruses associated with invertebrates Rosario, K., Mettel, K. A., Benner, B. E., Johnson, R., Scott, C., Yusseff-Vanegas, S. Z., Baker, C. C. M., Cassill, D. L., Storer, C., Varsani, A. & Breitbart, M., Jan 1 2018, In : PeerJ. … Read more

The westward journey of alfalfa leaf curl virus

November 1, 2018

The westward journey of alfalfa leaf curl virus Davoodi, Z. , Bejerman, N. , Richet, C. , Filloux, D. , Kumari, S. G. , Chatzivassiliou, E. K. , Galzi, S. , Julian, C. , Samarfard, S. , Trucco, V. , Giolitti, F. , Fiallo-Olivé, E. , Navas-Castillo, J. , Asaad, N. , Moukahel, A. R. … Read more

Notes on recombination and reassortment in multipartite/segmented viruses

October 18, 2018

Notes on recombination and reassortment in multipartite/segmented viruses Varsani, A., Lefeuvre, P., Roumagnac, P. & Martin, D., Dec 1 2018, In : Current opinion in virology. 33, p. 156-166 11 p. Research output: Contribution to journal › Review article

Novel circular DNA viruses associated with Apiaceae and Poaceae from South Africa and New Zealand

October 11, 2018

Novel circular DNA viruses associated with Apiaceae and Poaceae from South Africa and New Zealand Richet, C., Kraberger, S., Filloux, D., Bernardo, P., Harkins, G. W., Martin, D. P., Roumagnac, P. & Varsani, A., Jan 1 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Archives of virology. Research output: Contribution to journal › Article

Genome Sequence of a Gyrovirus Associated with Ashy Storm- Petrel

September 20, 2018

Ashy storm-petrels (order Procellariiformes) are seabirds that are found along the coast of California to Baja Mexico. A novel gyrovirus was identified from a cloacal swab of an ashy storm-petrel, which is the second gyrovirus to be identified in sea birds, the first being found in the related northern fulmar. Waits, K., Bradley, R.W., Warzybok, … Read more

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