2019 Branch ASM conference

The crew participated in the 2019 AZ-NV ASM Branch Conference this weekend. Members of the Varsani lab contributed two talks and five posters!

Anthony’s Undergrad Project

In collaboration with Daniel Blumstein (UCLA Blumstein Lab) we are discovering novel viruses within the yellow-bellied Marmot population in Colorado (Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory).

Benthamiana Infiltration

Rafa infiltrates benthamiana, widely considered to be a model organism for plant research, with the intent of demonstrating viral replication for a recently discovered geminivirus.

Bee Cell Culture

Michael Goblirsch turned his car into a sauna for 25 hours to bring 6 flasks filled withAmE-711 Apis mellifera cells to the Varsani Lab. These cells will be used to determine viral replication and pathogenicity of viruses previously associated with honey bees. During the week he spent in the lab we were given a crash … Read more

Genome Sequence of a Gyrovirus Associated with Ashy Storm- Petrel

Ashy storm-petrels (order Procellariiformes) are seabirds that are found along the coast of California to Baja Mexico. A novel gyrovirus was identified from a cloacal swab of an ashy storm-petrel, which is the second gyrovirus to be identified in sea birds, the first being found in the related northern fulmar. Waits, K., Bradley, R.W., Warzybok, … Read more