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I'm currently studying the evolution of arboviruses (dengue, Zika, and chikungunya) for the purposes of monitoring viral resistance in the context of mosquito-control strategies implemented by the World Mosquito Program (WMP).

I have previously worked at the Australian Animal Health Laboratories (AAHL), CSIRO and the Robert Koch Institute in Berlin where my research has focussed on highly pathogenic avian influenza, seasonal influenza, Henipaviruses, and Ebola viruses. I am particularly interested in virus-host interactions and the mechanisms underpinning asymptomatic infections in reservoir hosts.

Research interests

- Viral pathogenesis & evolution

- Virus and reservoir-host interactions

- Molecular virology

- Building better bioinformatics pipelines to discover viral variants

- RNA viruses, mainly Influenza, Henipaviruses, Filoviruses & Flaviviruses


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Microbiology , PhD, University of Melbourne

Award Date: 6 Dec 2014

External positions

Honorary appointment, University of Melbourne

… → Dec 2019

Research area keywords

  • Virus evolution
  • Flavivirus
  • Reservoir-hosts
  • Virology
  • Dengue
  • Ebola
  • Influenza
  • viral disease
  • Virus culture


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