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 Novel Adélie Penguin Circovirus at Cape Crozier (Ross Island, Antarctica)

December 19, 2019

Identification of a Novel Adélie Penguin Circovirus at Cape Crozier (Ross Island, Antarctica) Morandini, V., Dugger, K. M., Ballard, G., Elrod, M., Schmidt, A., Ruoppolo, V., Lescroël, A., Jongsomjit, D., Massaro, M., Pennycook, J., Kooyman, G. L., Schmidlin, K., Kraberger, S., Ainley, D. G. & Varsani, A., Nov 22 2019, In : Viruses. 11, 12 … Read more

Strengthening the Interaction of the Virology Community with the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV) by Linking Virus Names and Their Abbreviations to Virus Species

December 12, 2019

Strengthening the Interaction of the Virology Community with the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV) by Linking Virus Names and Their Abbreviations to Virus Species Calisher, C. H., Briese, T., Brister, J. R., Charrel, R. N., Dürrwald, R., Ebihara, H., Fulhorst, C. F., Gao, G. F., Groschup, M. H., Haddow, A. D., Hyndman, T. … Read more

Single-Stranded DNA Viruses in Antarctic Cryoconite Holes

November 28, 2019

Single-Stranded DNA Viruses in Antarctic Cryoconite Holes Sommers, P., Fontenele, R. S., Kringen, T., Kraberger, S., Porazinska, D. L., Darcy, J. L., Schmidt, S. K. & Varsani, A., Nov 4 2019, In : Viruses. 11, 11 Research output: Contribution to journal › Article

Kombucha: A novel model system for cooperation and conflict in a complex multi-species microbial ecosystem

November 21, 2019

Kombucha: A novel model system for cooperation and conflict in a complex multi-species microbial ecosystem May, A., Narayanan, S., Alcock, J., Varsani, A., Maley, C. & Aktipis, A., Jan 1 2019, In : PeerJ. 2019, 9, e7565. Research output: Contribution to journal › Article

Exploring the diversity of Poaceae-infecting mastreviruses on Reunion Island using a viral metagenomics-based approach

September 26, 2019

Exploring the diversity of Poaceae-infecting mastreviruses on Reunion Island using a viral metagenomics-based approach Claverie, S., Ouattara, A., Hoareau, M., Filloux, D., Varsani, A., Roumagnac, P., Martin, D. P., Lett, J. M. & Lefeuvre, P., Dec 1 2019, In : Scientific reports. 9, 1, 12716. Research output: Contribution to journal › Article

Single stranded dna viruses associated with capybara faeces sampled in brazil

September 19, 2019

Single stranded dna viruses associated with capybara faeces sampled in brazil Fontenele, R. S., Lacorte, C., Lamas, N. S., Schmidlin, K., Varsani, A. & Ribeiro, S. G., Aug 1 2019, In : Viruses. 11, 8, 710. Research output: Contribution to journal › Review article

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