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 known and novel viruses in wild and cultivated blueberry in florida through viral metagenomic approaches

August 19, 2021

Discovery of known and novel viruses in wild and cultivated blueberry in florida through viral metagenomic approaches Saad, N., Olmstead, J. W., Varsani, A., Polston, J. E., Jones, J. B., Folimonova, S. Y. & Harmon, P. F., Jun 2021, In: Viruses. 13, 6, 1165.Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review

New world cactaceae plants harbor diverse geminiviruses

August 5, 2021

New world cactaceae plants harbor diverse geminiviruses Fontenele, R. S., Salywon, A. M., Majure, L. C., Cobb, I. N., Bhaskara, A., Avalos-Calleros, J. A., Argüello-Astorga, G. R., Schmidlin, K., Khalifeh, A., Smith, K., Schreck, J., Lund, M. C., Köhler, M., Wojciechowski, M. F., Hodgson, W. C., Puente-Martinez, R., Van Doorslaer, K., Kumari, S., Oyeniran, K. … Read more

A pilot study investigating the dynamics of pigeon circovirus recombination in domesticated pigeons housed in a single loft

July 7, 2021

A pilot study investigating the dynamics of pigeon circovirus recombination in domesticated pigeons housed in a single loft Khalifeh, A., Kraberger, S., Dziewulska, D., Varsani, A. & Stenzel, T., Jun 2021, In: Viruses. 13, 6, 964. Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review

Identification of novel circovirus and anelloviruses from wolverines using a non-invasive faecal sampling approach

June 22, 2021

Identification of novel circovirus and anelloviruses from wolverines using a non-invasive faecal sampling approach Bandoo, R. A., Bautista, J., Lund, M., Newkirk, E., Squires, J., Varsani, A. & Kraberger, S., Sep 2021, In: Infection, Genetics and Evolution. 93, 104914. Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review

Genome sequences of microviruses identified in a sample from a sewage treatment oxidation pond

June 14, 2021

Genome sequences of microviruses identified in a sample from a sewage treatment oxidation pond Kraberger, S., Schreck, J., Galilee, C. & Varsani, A., May 2021, In: Microbiology Resource Announcements. 10, 19, e00373-21. Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review

Molecular Epidemiology of Citrus Leprosis Virus C: A New Viral Lineage and Phylodynamic of the Main Viral Subpopulations in the Americas

June 14, 2021

Molecular Epidemiology of Citrus Leprosis Virus C: A New Viral Lineage and Phylodynamic of the Main Viral Subpopulations in the Americas Chabi-Jesus, C., Ramos-González, P. L., Postclam-Barro, M., Fontenele, R. S., Harakava, R., Bassanezi, R. B., Moreira, A. S., Kitajima, E. W., Varsani, A. & Freitas-Astúa, J., Apr 29 2021, In: Frontiers in Microbiology. 12, … Read more

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