Huy Van is an APPRISE Research Fellow and a research scientist at Burnet Institute working in the Global Health Diagnostics Development Group. His research experience and interests include development of point-of-care diagnostics and use of monoclonal antibodies to improve processing of blood samples for rapid diagnostic tests.
APPRISE Research Fellowship Project: Cross-species serological reagents
Diagnostic methods based on amplifying viral genetic material only work when animals are still carrying the virus. Huy’s project will develop new methods that do not require the presence of virus but would be able to identify whether an animal has had an infection in the past. This type of blood or serological test would enable researchers to find evidence of past infections across species and make identifying and monitoring zoonotic viruses easier.