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Dr Michelle Wille

Dr Michelle Wille

Dr Michelle Wille

(03) 9342 9303 | [email protected]

Post-doctoral Researcher
Host Pathogens Interactions , Viral Infectious Diseases, Influenza
Discovery Research, Epidemiology, Genomics
WHO Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza
Lab Group(s):
Hurt Group

Dr Michelle Wille's primary research focus is the dynamics of wild bird viruses: the ecology and evolution of influenza A viruses in waterfowl, shorebirds and seabirds, which utilise a range of migratory strategies to disseminate viruses. She is currently working on the dynamics of avian influenza in in Australia and Antarctica through detection, isolation and characterisation of viruses, but also using serology. Beyond influenza A, she is starting to assess viromes in wild birds, with a particular interest in ecological drivers of observed patterns. Current projects are being undertaken in collaboration with Aeron Hurt at WHO Collaborating Centre for Influenza, Marcel Klaassen at Deakin University and Edward Holmes at University of Sydney.

Previous (and on going) research is focussed on influenza A in seabirds and gulls in North America, and waterfowl in Europe, in particular, using surveillance systems to assess virus ecology, host range, evolutionary dynamics and host pathogen interactions. Additionally, experimental systems to assess transmission dynamics and virus competitions. Michelle is also interested in other RNA viruses, namely avian paramyxovirus type 1,  avian coronavirus and avian astroviruses. 

  • Key Achievements
    • Key achievements

       Michelle has been working with influenza A in wild bird systems since 2008 in Canada, Sweden and Australia, with stays at institutions in the USA, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. To date, she has published 25 peer-reviewed publications and has been invited to disseminate her research at national and international conferences. She has supervised numerous bachelor and masters students, and continues to supervise a PhD student.

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    Research Groups
    • Hurt Group

      Aeron’s research team at the WHO Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza works on aspects of understanding the replication and transmission of drug resistant influenza viruses, characterising novel drug resistance mutations, and the global movement and evolution of human and avian influenza viruses.

      Lab Team

      Hurt Group