Developing new therapies for emerging and existing viruses
The Emerging Viruses, Inflammation and Therapeutics (EVIT) group is helping find new ways to treat debilitating diseases caused by mosquito-borne viruses such as chikungunya, Zika and dengue viruses, and by respiratory viruses such as respiratory syncytial virus. Our team of world-class virologists are leading in-depth investigations into viral diseases, their pathogenesis, treatment and prevention as well as virus-host interactions.
Our goal is to become the leading Australian emerging arbovirus research entity, with a strong focus on developing vaccines and drugs for effective treatment.
Professor Suresh Mahalingam
Professor Suresh Mahalingam is a leading Australian virologist and international leader in viral inflammatory disease. His research has led to several major advances in our understanding of viral inflammatory disease and he has been active in translating these achievements. As a result of high-level research success, he has received numerous awards and fellowships. His research interests include viral Immunology, virus pathogenesis, inflammation, mosquito-borne viruses, respiratory viruses, drug repurposing to treat viral diseases, vaccine development and animal models of viral disease.
- Mr Eranga Abeyratne (research assistant)
- Dr Jayaram Bettadapura (postdoctoral fellow, casual part-time)
- Mr Ujjwal Dua (Business and Innovation Manager)
- Mr Joseph Freitas (research assistant)
- Dr Xiang Liu (postdoctoral fellow)
- Dr Yee Suan Poo
- Ms Helen Mostafavi (PhD student)
- Ms Shambhavi Rao (PhD student)
- Ms Kothila Tharmarajah (PhD student)
- Ms Chenying Yang (research assistant)
Watch the Virtual Keystone Symposia ePanel on mosquito-borne diseases with Professor Suresh Mahalingam.
Key research areas
Other emerging viruses
We are extending our basic and translational expertise in virology to other emerging viruses—not just human viruses, but also viruses of veterinary importance.
- Bovine viral diarrhoea virus
- Caprine arthritis encephalitis virus (CAEV)
- Equine herpesvirus
- Bluetongue virus
- Hendra virus