PhD Students

Jessy Vibin

M.Phil Biomedical Technology, M.Sc Microbiology
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Principal Supervisor:       Prof Soren Alexandersen

Associate Supervisor:     Dr Anthony Chamings

Project Summary:

Australia is home to more than 800 species of birds including both endemic, introduced and migratory species with variable habitat distributions and lifestyle traits. Wild birds are potential hosts to many viruses such as Murray Valley encephalitis virus, Kunjin virus, Newcastle disease virus, and Ross River Virus. The introduction or transmission of viruses to novel hosts or habitats can have significant health and economic consequences. We currently have limited knowledge of the avian host-associated virus communities including both pathogenic and non-pathogenic viruses, yet they are potential carriers with a risk of zoonotic disease emergence. My project aims to characterise the virus community (virome) of Australian wild birds using a combination of novel molecular techniques and ecological information and thereby contributing knowledge towards controlling the risk from zoonotic viruses in wild birds.

Date of Commencement:  October 2016

Key activities:

  • Metagenomics
  • RNA/DNA extraction
  • cDNA preparation
  • PCR and Library preparation
  • Next Generation Sequencing
  • Bioinformatics and ecological analyses

Collaborative partners:

  • Centre for Integrative Ecology (CIE), Deakin University