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

6/2023 - current: Professor at the Biodesign Institute and School of Life Sciences

07/2016 - 6/2023: 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

Diverse papillomaviruses identified from Antarctic fur seals, leopard seals and Weddell seals from the Antarctic

April 11, 2024

Diverse papillomaviruses identified from Antarctic fur seals, leopard seals and Weddell seals from the AntarcticRegney, M., Kraberger, S., Custer, J. M., Crane, A. E., Shero, M. R., Beltran, R. S., Kirkham, A. L., Van Doorslaer, K., Stone, A. C., Goebel, M. E., Burns, J. M. & Varsani, A., Jun 2024, In: Virology. 594, 110064.Research output: … Read more

New duck papillomavirus type identified in a mallard in Missouri, USA

April 11, 2024

New duck papillomavirus type identified in a mallard in Missouri, USA Olivo, D., Kraberger, S. & Varsani, A., Apr 2024, In: Archives of virology. 169, 4, 77. Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review

The risk of highly pathogenic avian influenza in the Southern Ocean: a practical guide for operators and scientists interacting with wildlife

March 21, 2024

The risk of highly pathogenic avian influenza in the Southern Ocean: a practical guide for operators and scientists interacting with wildlife Dewar, M., Wille, M., Gamble, A., Vanstreels, R. E. T., Bouliner, T., Smith, A., Varsani, A., Ratcliffe, N., Black, J., Lynnes, A., Barbosa, A. & Hart, T., 2023, (Accepted/In press) In: Antarctic Science. Research … Read more

Identification of small circular DNA viruses in coyote fecal samples from Arizona (USA)

March 14, 2024

Identification of small circular DNA viruses in coyote fecal samples from Arizona (USA) Hess, S. C., Weiss, K. C. B., Custer, J. M., Lewis, J. S., Kraberger, S. & Varsani, A., Jan 2024, In: Archives of virology. 169, 1, 12. Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review

Sex-specific recruitment rates contribute to male-biased sex ratio in Adélie penguins

March 14, 2024

Sex-specific recruitment rates contribute to male-biased sex ratio in Adélie penguins Morandini, V., Dugger, K. M., Schmidt, A. E., Varsani, A., Lescroël, A., Ballard, G., Lyver, P. O. B., Barton, K. & Ainley, D. G., Feb 2024, In: Ecology and Evolution. 14, 2, e10859. Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review

Diverse Small Circular DNA Viruses Identified in an American Wigeon Fecal Sample

February 15, 2024

Diverse Small Circular DNA Viruses Identified in an American Wigeon Fecal Sample Olivo, D., Khalifeh, A., Custer, J. M., Kraberger, S. & Varsani, A., Jan 2024, In: Microorganisms. 12, 1, 196. Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review

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