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 parasite outbreak in notothenioid fish in an Antarctic fjord

July 27, 2022

A parasite outbreak in notothenioid fish in an Antarctic fjord Desvignes, T., Lauridsen, H., Valdivieso, A., Fontenele, R. S., Kraberger, S., Murray, K. N., Le François, N. R., Detrich, H. W., Kent, M. L., Varsani, A. & Postlethwait, J. H., Jul 15 2022, In: iScience. 25, 7, 104588.Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › … Read more

Canine picornaviruses detected in wastewater in Arizona, USA 2019 and 2021

July 21, 2022

Canine picornaviruses detected in wastewater in Arizona, USA 2019 and 2021 Faleye, T. O. C., Skidmore, P. T., Elyaderani, A., Smith, A., Kaiser, N., Adhikari, S., Yanez, A., Perleberg, T., Driver, E. M., Halden, R. U., Varsani, A. & Scotch, M., Sep 2022, In: Infection, Genetics and Evolution. 103, 105315. Research output: Contribution to journal … Read more

Extensive Wastewater-Based Epidemiology as a Resourceful Tool for SARS-CoV-2 Surveillance in a Low-to-Middle-Income Country through a Successful Collaborative Quest: WBE, Mobility, and Clinical Tests

July 21, 2022

Extensive Wastewater-Based Epidemiology as a Resourceful Tool for SARS-CoV-2 Surveillance in a Low-to-Middle-Income Country through a Successful Collaborative Quest: WBE, Mobility, and Clinical Tests Sosa-Hernández, J. E., Oyervides-Muñoz, M. A., Melchor-Martínez, E. M., Driver, E. M., Bowes, D. A., Kraberger, S., Lucero-Saucedo, S. L., Fontenele, R. S., Parra-Arroyo, L., Holland, L. A., Peña-Benavides, S. A., … Read more

Editorial: The Border Between Kitavirids and Nege-Like Viruses: Tracking the Evolutionary Pace of Plant- and Arthropod-Infecting Viruses

July 21, 2022

Editorial: The Border Between Kitavirids and Nege-Like Viruses: Tracking the Evolutionary Pace of Plant- and Arthropod-Infecting Viruses Ramos-González, P. L., Kondo, H., Morozov, S., Vasilakis, N., Varsani, A., Cao, M. & Freitas-Astúa, J., May 24 2022, In: Frontiers in Plant Science. 13, 932523. Research output: Contribution to journal › Editorial › peer-review

Detection of human, porcine and canine picornaviruses in municipal sewage sludge using pan-enterovirus amplicon-based long-read Illumina sequencing

June 15, 2022

Detection of human, porcine and canine picornaviruses in municipal sewage sludge using pan-enterovirus amplicon-based long-read Illumina sequencing Faleye, T. O. C., Driver, E. M., Bowes, D. A., Holm, R. H., Talley, D., Yeager, R., Bhatnagar, A., Smith, T., Varsani, A., Halden, R. U. & Scotch, M., 2022, In: Emerging Microbes and Infections. 11, 1, p. … Read more

Poxvirus infection in house finches (Haemorhous mexicanus): Genome sequence analysis and patterns of infection in wild birds

June 2, 2022

Poxvirus infection in house finches (Haemorhous mexicanus): Genome sequence analysis and patterns of infection in wild birds McGraw, K. J., Aguiar de Souza Penha, V., Drake, D. J., Kraberger, S. & Varsani, A., 2022, (Accepted/In press) In: Transboundary and Emerging Diseases. Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review

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