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

Isolation and characterization of a novel geminivirus from parsley

July 16, 2020

Isolation and characterization of a novel geminivirus from parsley Hasanvand, V., Heydanejad, J., Massumi, H., Kleinow, T., Jeske, H. & Varsani, A., Sep 2020, In : Virus research. 286, 198056. Research output: Contribution to journal › Article

Cressdnaviricota: a Virus Phylum Unifying Seven Families of Rep-Encoding Viruses with Single-Stranded, Circular DNA Genomes

June 25, 2020

Cressdnaviricota: a Virus Phylum Unifying Seven Families of Rep-Encoding Viruses with Single-Stranded, Circular DNA Genomes Krupovic, M., Varsani, A., Kazlauskas, D., Breitbart, M., Delwart, E., Rosario, K., Yutin, N., Wolf, Y. I., Harrach, B., Zerbini, F. M., Dolja, V. V., Kuhn, J. H. & Koonin, E. V., Jun 1 2020, In : Journal of virology. … Read more

Sorghum mastrevirus-associated alphasatellites: new geminialphasatellites associated with an African streak mastrevirus infecting wild Poaceae plants on Reunion Island

June 25, 2020

Sorghum mastrevirus-associated alphasatellites: new geminialphasatellites associated with an African streak mastrevirus infecting wild Poaceae plants on Reunion Island Claverie, S., Varsani, A., Hoareau, M., Filloux, D., Roumagnac, P., Martin, D. P., Lefeuvre, P. & Lett, J. M., Jan 1 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Archives of virology. Research output: Contribution to journal › Article

The global distribution of Banana bunchy top virus reveals little evidence for frequent recent, human-mediated long distance dispersal events

May 28, 2020

The global distribution of Banana bunchy top virus reveals little evidence for frequent recent, human-mediated long distance dispersal events Stainton, D., Martin, D. P., Muhire, B. M., Lolohea, S., Halafihi, M., Lepoint, P., Blomme, G., Crew, K. S., Sharman, M., Kraberger, S., Dayaram, A., Walters, M., Collings, D. A., Mabvakure, B., Lemey, P., Harkins, G. … Read more

Frequent cross-species transmissions of foamy virus between domestic and wild felids

May 28, 2020

Frequent cross-species transmissions of foamy virus between domestic and wild felids Kraberger, S., Fountain-Jones, N. M., Gagne, R. B., Malmberg, J., Dannemiller, N. G., Logan, K., Alldredge, M., Varsani, A., Crooks, K. R., Craft, M., Carver, S. & Vandewoude, S., Jan 17 2020, In : Virus Evolution. 6, 1, vez058. Research output: Contribution to journal … Read more

Sequence-based taxonomic framework for the classification of uncultured single-stranded DNA viruses of the family Genomoviridae

May 28, 2020

Sequence-based taxonomic framework for the classification of uncultured single-stranded DNA viruses of the family Genomoviridae Varsani, A. & Krupovic, M., Jan 1 2017, In : Virus Evolution. 3, 1, vew037. Research output: Contribution to journal › Article

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