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

Diverse cressdnaviruses and an anellovirus identified in the fecal samples of yellow-bellied marmots

January 27, 2021

Diverse cressdnaviruses and an anellovirus identified in the fecal samples of yellow-bellied marmotsKhalifeh, A., Blumstein, D. T., Fontenele, R. S., Schmidlin, K., Richet, C., Kraberger, S. & Varsani, A., Feb 2021, In: Virology. 554, p. 89-96 8 p.Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review

VIRIDIC-A Novel Tool to Calculate the Intergenomic Similarities of Prokaryote-Infecting Viruses

January 27, 2021

VIRIDIC-A Novel Tool to Calculate the Intergenomic Similarities of Prokaryote-Infecting Viruses Moraru, C., Varsani, A. & Kropinski, A. M., Nov 6 2020, In: Viruses. 12, 11 Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review

Risk assessment of SARS-CoV-2 in Antarctic wildlife

January 27, 2021

Risk assessment of SARS-CoV-2 in Antarctic wildlife Barbosa, A., Varsani, A., Morandini, V., Grimaldi, W., Vanstreels, R. E. T., Diaz, J. I., Boulinier, T., Dewar, M., González-Acuña, D., Gray, R., McMahon, C. R., Miller, G., Power, M., Gamble, A. & Wille, M., Feb 10 2021, In: Science of the Total Environment. 755, 143352. Research output: … Read more

crAssphage genomes identified in fecal samples of an adult and infants with evidence of positive genomic selective pressure within tail protein genes

January 14, 2021

crAssphage genomes identified in fecal samples of an adult and infants with evidence of positive genomic selective pressure within tail protein genes Brown, B. P., Chopera, D., Havyarimana, E., Wendoh, J., Jaumdally, S., Nyangahu, D. D., Gray, C. M., Martin, D. P., Varsani, A. & Jaspan, H. B., Jan 15 2021, In: Virus research. 292, … Read more

Changes to virus taxonomy and the Statutes ratified by the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (2020)

November 5, 2020

Changes to virus taxonomy and the Statutes ratified by the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (2020) Walker, P. J., Siddell, S. G., Lefkowitz, E. J., Mushegian, A. R., Adriaenssens, E. M., Dempsey, D. M., Dutilh, B. E., Harrach, B., Harrison, R. L., Hendrickson, R. C., Junglen, S., Knowles, N. J., Kropinski, A. M., Krupovic, … Read more

Genome sequences of novel torque teno viruses identified in human brain tissue

October 22, 2020

Genome sequences of novel torque teno viruses identified in human brain tissue Kraberger, S., Mastroeni, D., Delvaux, E. & Varsani, A., Sep 2020, In : Microbiology Resource Announcements. 9, 37, e00924-20. Research output: Contribution to journal › Article

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