The Univeristy of Melbourne The Royal Melbourne Hopspital

A joint venture between The University of Melbourne and The Royal Melbourne Hospital


Research Projects

Project: Studying virus-host interactions using complex in vitro respiratory culture systems

Subbarao Group

This project will utilise several respiratory models established in the lab including air-liquid interface cultures modeling the nose and upper respiratory tract to study coronaviruses. These systems will be used to study virus replication, entry, host response and antiviral efficacy. In addition, this project will establish a new in vitro model using precision cut lungs slices from mice to study host responses to coronaviruses.

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Project Supervisor

Professor Kanta Subbarao

Project Co-supervisor

Dr Jessica Neil

Project availability
Master of Biomedical Science

Subbarao Group

4 vacancies

Viral Infectious Diseases
Bacterial and Parasitic Infections
Cross Cutting Disciplines
Public Health
Clinical and health systems research

Research in the Subbarao laboratory focuses on respiratory viral diseases of global importance including pandemic and seasonal influenza and coronaviruses including SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) and human coronaviruses. We study virus biology and pathogenesis, airborne spread of respiratory viruses, immune responses to infection and vaccination, and antiviral drugs. We use state of the art techniques in virology, molecular biology and immunology, including reverse genetics, infection of stem cell derived tissues and studies in animal models. 

Subbarao Group Current Projects