Emerging Viruses and Inflammation Research Group
Our group focuses on immune responses against viral infections, with a particular focus on mosquito-borne viruses.
We use in vivo models of Ross River virus, Chikungunya virus, Zika virus and Dengue virus infection to understand how host immune responses are orchestrated during infection and inflammatory disease
Our current understanding of mosquito-borne viral diseases helps us target specific events in the host's immune response to limit inflammation
Principal research leader
Professor Suresh Mahalingam has a main research focus to understand the mechanisms of inflammatory disease triggered by viral infections. He is particularly interested in mechanistic studies of emerging mosquito-borne viruses such as Zika virus. Prof Mahalingam was recently awarded more than $800,000 in funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council to explore the pathobiology of alphavirus infections.