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

Novel viruses belonging to the family Circoviridae identified in wild American wigeon samples

October 6, 2021

Novel viruses belonging to the family Circoviridae identified in wild American wigeon samples Khalifeh, A., Custer, J. M., Kraberger, S. & Varsani, A., 2021, (Accepted/In press) In: Archives of virology.Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review

Taxonomy update for the family Alphasatellitidae: new subfamily, genera, and species

October 6, 2021

Taxonomy update for the family Alphasatellitidae: new subfamily, genera, and species Varsani, A., Martin, D. P., Randles, J. W., Vetten, H. J., Thomas, J. E., Fiallo-Olivé, E., Navas-Castillo, J., Lett, J. M., Zerbini, F. M., Roumagnac, P. & Gronenborn, B., 2021, (Accepted/In press) In: Archives of virology. Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › … Read more

A 2021 taxonomy update for the family Smacoviridae

October 6, 2021

A 2021 taxonomy update for the family Smacoviridae Krupovic, M. & Varsani, A., 2021, (Accepted/In press) In: Archives of virology. Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review

Wastewater-based epidemiology and long-read sequencing to identify enterovirus circulation in three municipalities in maricopa county, arizona, southwest united states between june and october 2020

October 6, 2021

Wastewater-based epidemiology and long-read sequencing to identify enterovirus circulation in three municipalities in maricopa county, arizona, southwest united states between june and october 2020 Faleye, T. O. C., Bowes, D. A., Driver, E. M., Adhikari, S., Adams, D., Varsani, A., Halden, R. U. & Scotch, M., Sep 2021, In: Viruses. 13, 9, 1803. Research output: … Read more

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

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