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

Discovery of novel fish papillomaviruses: From the Antarctic to the commercial fish market

November 24, 2021

Discovery of novel fish papillomaviruses: From the Antarctic to the commercial fish market Kraberger, S., Austin, C., Farkas, K., Desvignes, T., Postlethwait, J. H., Fontenele, R. S., Schmidlin, K., Bradley, R. W., Warzybok, P., Van Doorslaer, K., Davison, W., Buck, C. B. & Varsani, A., Jan 2 2022, In: Virology. 565, p. 65-72 8 p.Research … Read more

Diverse single-stranded DNA viruses identified in New Zealand (Aotearoa) South Island robin (Petroica australis) fecal samples

November 24, 2021

Diverse single-stranded DNA viruses identified in New Zealand (Aotearoa) South Island robin (Petroica australis) fecal samples Custer, J. M., White, R., Taylor, H., Schmidlin, K., Fontenele, R. S., Stainton, D., Kraberger, S., Briskie, J. V. & Varsani, A., Jan 2 2022, In: Virology. 565, p. 38-51 14 p. Research output: Contribution to journal › Article … Read more

Perspective on taxonomic classification of uncultivated viruses

November 24, 2021

Perspective on taxonomic classification of uncultivated viruses Dutilh, B. E., Varsani, A., Tong, Y., Simmonds, P., Sabanadzovic, S., Rubino, L., Roux, S., Muñoz, A. R., Lood, C., Lefkowitz, E. J., Kuhn, J. H., Krupovic, M., Edwards, R. A., Brister, J. R., Adriaenssens, E. M. & Sullivan, M. B., Dec 2021, In: Current opinion in virology. … Read more

An investigation of antibacterial activity of New Zealand seaweed-associated marine bacteria

November 3, 2021

An investigation of antibacterial activity of New Zealand seaweed-associated marine bacteria Tangestani, M., Broady, P. & Varsani, A., Oct 2021, In: Future Microbiology. 16, 15, p. 1167-1179 13 p. Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review

Known and new emerging viruses infecting blueberry

November 3, 2021

Known and new emerging viruses infecting blueberry Saad, N., Olmstead, J. W., Jones, J. B., Varsani, A. & Harmon, P. F., Oct 2021, In: Plants. 10, 10, 2172. Research output: Contribution to journal › Review article › peer-review

Adaptation of the polony technique to quantify Gokushovirinae, a diverse group of single-stranded DNA phage

November 3, 2021

Adaptation of the polony technique to quantify Gokushovirinae, a diverse group of single-stranded DNA phage Sawaya, N. A., Baran, N., Mahank, S., Varsani, A., Lindell, D. & Breitbart, M., 2021, (Accepted/In press) In: Environmental microbiology. Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review

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