Speaker: Dr Nick Eyre, Senior Research Fellow, Viral Pathogenesis Laboratory, School of Biological Sciences, The University of Adelaide
Title: Understanding the replication cycles of flaviviruses: towards development of effective antiviral therapies
Chair: Dr Ashish Shrestha, THRF Early Career Research Fellow, Virology Group, The University of Adelaide, Discipline of Surgery. Level 1 BHI, TQEH.
Speaker biography: Dr Nick Eyre is a Senior Post-doctoral Research Fellow in the Viral Pathogenesis Laboratory, headed by Associate Professor Michael Beard at The University of Adelaide. His research over the past 10 years has focussed on multiple aspects of virus-host interactions and viral genome replication for the related (+)RNA viruses hepatitis C virus (HCV), dengue virus (DENV) and, most recently, Zika virus (ZIKV). In particular he has sought to apply sensitive and minimally invasive high-resolution imaging techniques and targeted and random manipulation of viral genomes to better understand the viral and host determinants of viral replication compartment formation, morphology and function and how they interact with viral assembly platforms. In ongoing studies he is applying this understanding and associated techniques and molecular tools to develop novel strategies to inhibit ZIKV and DENV infection.