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

Genome Sequence of a Microvirus Recovered from Wastewater in Arizona, USA, in October 2020, Encodes a Previously Undescribed DNA-Binding Protein

November 17, 2022

Genome Sequence of a Microvirus Recovered from Wastewater in Arizona, USA, in October 2020, Encodes a Previously Undescribed DNA-Binding ProteinSmith, A., Kaiser, N., Yanez, A., Perleberg, T., Elyaderani, A., Skidmore, P., Adhikari, S., Driver, E. M., Halden, R. U., Varsani, A., Scotch, M. & Faleye, T. O. C., Oct 2022, In: Microbiology Resource Announcements. 11, … Read more

A novel statovirus identified in fecal samples from wild geladas in the Ethiopian highlands

November 10, 2022

A novel statovirus identified in fecal samples from wild geladas in the Ethiopian highlands Schneider-Crease, I. A., Chiou, K. L., Moya, I. L., Lemma, A., Ayele, F., Haile, A. A., Kebede, F., Abebe, B., Bergman, T. J., Beehner, J. C., Lu, A., Lund, M. C., Custer, J. M., Kraberger, S., Snyder-Mackler, N. & Varsani, A., … Read more

Molecular identification and phylogenetic characterization of A-strain isolates of maize streak virus from western Ethiopia

October 27, 2022

Molecular identification and phylogenetic characterization of A-strain isolates of maize streak virus from western Ethiopia Ketsela, D., Oyeniran, K. A., Feyissa, B., Fontenele, R. S., Kraberger, S. & Varsani, A., 2022, (Accepted/In press) In: Archives of virology. Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review

Genome Sequences of Anelloviruses, Genomovirus, and Papillomavirus Isolated from Nasal Pharyngeal Swabs

October 27, 2022

Genome Sequences of Anelloviruses, Genomovirus, and Papillomavirus Isolated from Nasal Pharyngeal Swabs Collins, C. L., Kraberger, S., Fontenele, R. S., Faleye, T. O. C., Adams, D., Adhikari, S., Sandrolini, H., Finnerty, S., Halden, R. U., Scotch, M. & Varsani, A., Sep 2022, In: Microbiology Resource Announcements. 11, 9 Research output: Contribution to journal › Article … Read more

RNA Virus Gene Signatures Detected in Patients With Cardiomyopathy After Chemotherapy; A Pilot Study

October 20, 2022

RNA Virus Gene Signatures Detected in Patients With Cardiomyopathy After Chemotherapy; A Pilot Study Varkoly, K., Tan, S., Beladi, R., Fonseca, D., Zanetti, I. R., Kraberger, S., Shah, C., Yaron, J. R., Zhang, L., Juby, M., Fath, A., Ambadapadi, S., House, M., Maranian, P., Pepine, C. J., Varsani, A., Moreb, J., Schultz-Cherry, S. & Lucas, … Read more

Surveillance of rhinovirus diversity among a university community identifies multiple types from all three species including an unassigned rhinovirus A genotype

October 20, 2022

Surveillance of rhinovirus diversity among a university community identifies multiple types from all three species including an unassigned rhinovirus A genotype Faleye, T. O. C., Elyaderani, A., Skidmore, P., Adhikari, S., Smith, A., Kaiser, N., Sandrolini, H., Finnerty, S., Halden, R. U., Varsani, A. & Scotch, M., 2022, (Accepted/In press) In: Influenza and other Respiratory … Read more

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