Tarka Raj Bhatta
Tarka is a joint PhD student at Deakin University (based at Geelong Centre for Emerging Infectious Diseases (GCEID)) and University of Copenhagen in Denmark. He is a student in the laboratory research pillar of APPRISE. Tarka has a BSc in Microbiology and an MSc in Biotechnology from Tribhuvan University, Nepal.
Tarka is using next generation sequencing to identify potential viruses (including influenza viruses) circulating in animals with a view to detecting viruses at an early stage, before they can cause an international pandemic threat. His work will focus on swine and birds and may also include other animals such as horses, dogs and cats. Tarka will be working with Professor Jens Peter Nielsen on swine samples in Denmark during 2019.
ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8199-8444
Project: Detection and characterisation of animal influenza viruses using next generation sequencing
Supervisors: Professor Soren Alexandersen (Principal supervisor)
Dr Anthony Chamings (Associate supervisor)
- Metagenomic characterisation of avian parvoviruses and picornaviruses from Australian wild ducks
- Detection of a reassortant H9N2 Avian Influenza virus with intercontinental gene segments in a resident Australian Chestnut Teal
- Detection and characterisation of canine astrovirus, canine parvovirus and canine papillomavirus in puppies using next generation sequencing