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

A PCR-Based Retrospective Study for Beak and Feather Disease Virus (BFDV) in Five Wild Populations of Parrots from Australia, Argentina and New Zealand

March 17, 2022

A PCR-Based Retrospective Study for Beak and Feather Disease Virus (BFDV) in Five Wild Populations of Parrots from Australia, Argentina and New Zealand Ortiz-Catedral, L., Wallace, C. J., Heinsohn, R., Krebs, E. A., Langmore, N. E., Vukelic, D., Bucher, E. H., Varsani, A. & Masello, J. F., Feb 2022, In: Diversity. 14, 2, 148.Research output: … Read more

Viral Aggregation: The Knowns and Unknowns

March 10, 2022

Viral Aggregation: The Knowns and Unknowns Pradhan, S., Varsani, A., Leff, C., Swanson, C. J. & Hariadi, R. F., Feb 2022, In: Viruses. 14, 2, 438. Research output: Contribution to journal › Review article › peer-review

Differentiating between viruses and virus species by writing their names correctly

February 10, 2022

Differentiating between viruses and virus species by writing their names correctly Zerbini, F. M., Siddell, S. G., Mushegian, A. R., Walker, P. J., Lefkowitz, E. J., Adriaenssens, E. M., Alfenas-Zerbini, P., Dutilh, B. E., García, M. L., Junglen, S., Krupovic, M., Kuhn, J. H., Lambert, A. J., Łobocka, M., Oksanen, H. M., Robertson, D. L., … Read more

Novel adenovirus associated with common tern (Sterna hirundo) chicks

February 10, 2022

Novel adenovirus associated with common tern (Sterna hirundo) chicks Kraberger, S., Oswald, S. A., Arnold, J. M., Schmidlin, K., Custer, J. M., Levi, G., Benkő, M., Harrach, B. & Varsani, A., 2022, (Accepted/In press) In: Archives of virology. Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review

In Silico Characterisation of Putative Prophages in Lactobacillaceae Used in Probiotics for Vaginal Health

February 3, 2022

In Silico Characterisation of Putative Prophages in Lactobacillaceae Used in Probiotics for Vaginal Health Happel, A. U., Kullin, B. R., Gamieldien, H., Jaspan, H. B., Varsani, A., Martin, D., Passmore, J. A. S. & Froissart, R., Feb 2022, In: Microorganisms. 10, 2, 214. Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review

First report of apple hammerhead viroid infecting ‘Richared Delicious’ apple (Malus domestica) in Tunisia

February 3, 2022

First report of apple hammerhead viroid infecting ‘Richared Delicious’ apple (Malus domestica) in Tunisia Hamdi, I., Soltani, R., Baraket, G., Varsani, A. & Najar, A., 2022, (Accepted/In press) In: Journal of Plant Pathology. Research output: Contribution to journal › Comment/debate › peer-review

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