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)