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

Predicting the zoonotic capacity of mammals to transmit SARS-CoV-2

January 12, 2022

Predicting the zoonotic capacity of mammals to transmit SARS-CoV-2 Fischhoff, I. R., Castellanos, A. A., Rodrigues, J. P. G. L. M., Varsani, A. & Han, B. A., Nov 24 2021, In: Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. 288, 1963, p. 20211651 1 p.Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review

Use of hemagglutinin and neuraminidase amplicon-based high-throughput sequencing with variant analysis to detect co-infection and resolve identical consensus sequences of seasonal influenza in a university setting

December 30, 2021

Use of hemagglutinin and neuraminidase amplicon-based high-throughput sequencing with variant analysis to detect co-infection and resolve identical consensus sequences of seasonal influenza in a university setting Faleye, T. O. C., Adams, D., Adhikari, S., Sandrolini, H., Halden, R. U., Varsani, A. & Scotch, M., Dec 2021, In: BMC Infectious Diseases. 21, 1, 810. Research output: … Read more

Circoviruses and cycloviruses identified in Weddell seal fecal samples from McMurdo Sound, Antarctica

December 30, 2021

Circoviruses and cycloviruses identified in Weddell seal fecal samples from McMurdo Sound, Antarctica Patterson, Q. M., Kraberger, S., Martin, D. P., Shero, M. R., Beltran, R. S., Kirkham, A. L., Aleamotu’a, M., Ainley, D. G., Kim, S., Burns, J. M. & Varsani, A., Nov 2021, In: Infection, Genetics and Evolution. 95, 105070. Research output: Contribution … Read more

RDP5: A computer program for analyzing recombination in, and removing signals of recombination from, nucleotide sequence datasets

December 30, 2021

RDP5: A computer program for analyzing recombination in, and removing signals of recombination from, nucleotide sequence datasets Martin, D. P., Varsani, A., Roumagnac, P., Botha, G., Maslamoney, S., Schwab, T., Kelz, Z., Kumar, V. & Murrell, B., Jan 1 2021, In: Virus Evolution. 7, 1, veaa087. Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review

Diverse single‐stranded dna viruses identified in chicken buccal swabs

December 30, 2021

Diverse single‐stranded dna viruses identified in chicken buccal swabs Chrzastek, K., Kraberger, S., Schmidlin, K., Fontenele, R. S., Kulkarni, A., Chappell, L., Dufour‐zavala, L., Kapczynski, D. R. & Varsani, A., Dec 2021, In: Microorganisms. 9, 12, 2602. Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review

2021 Taxonomic update of phylum Negarnaviricota (Riboviria: Orthornavirae), including the large orders Bunyavirales and Mononegavirales

December 30, 2021

2021 Taxonomic update of phylum Negarnaviricota (Riboviria: Orthornavirae), including the large orders Bunyavirales and Mononegavirales Kuhn, J. H., Adkins, S., Agwanda, B. R., Al Kubrusli, R., Alkhovsky, S. V., Amarasinghe, G. K., Avšič-Županc, T., Ayllón, M. A., Bahl, J., Balkema-Buschmann, A., Ballinger, M. J., Basler, C. F., Bavari, S., Beer, M., Bejerman, N., Bennett, A. … Read more

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