Jessy Vibin

Jessy Vibin is a PhD student at Deakin University and placed at Geelong Centre for Emerging Infectious Diseases (GCEID). She is a student in the laboratory research pillar of APPRISE. Jessy has an MPhil in Biomedical Technology and an MSc in Microbiology.

Jessy’s project aims to characterise the virus community (virome) of Australian wild birds using a combination of novel molecular techniques and ecological information and thereby contribute knowledge towards controlling the risk from zoonotic viruses in wild birds.

We currently have limited knowledge of the avian host-associated virus communities including both pathogenic and non-pathogenic viruses, yet birds are potential carriers with a risk of zoonotic disease emergence.

Australia is home to more than 800 species of birds including both endemic, introduced and migratory species with variable habitat distributions and lifestyle traits. Wild birds are potential hosts to many viruses such as Murray Valley encephalitis virus, Kunjin virus, Newcastle disease virus, and Ross River Virus. The introduction or transmission of viruses to novel hosts or habitats can have significant health and economic consequences.

ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6903-8400

Project: Metagenomics of viruses in Australian wild birds

Supervisors:

Professor Soren Alexandersen (Principal supervisor)

Dr Anthony Chamings (Associate supervisor)