Dr Chaturaka Rodrigo – High throughput sequencing in studies of hepatitis C infection

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Event date: 
Tuesday, 13 June 2017 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Berg Family Foundation Seminar Room, Level 6, Wallace Wurth Building, UNSW Sydney

Contact for bookings: 
Rata Joseph, +61 (2) 9385 0900 or rjoseph@kirby.unsw.edu.au
Booking deadline: 
Thursday, 8 June 2017 - 5:00pm

A catered lunch will be provided at 12:30pm. Please RSVP to rjoseph@kirby.unsw.edu.au by COB Thursday 8th June.


Chaturaka Rodrigo  

Dr Chaturaka Rodrigo

Lecturer in Pathology, Department of Pathology, SOMS and Viral Immunology Systems Program, Kirby Institute


About your speaker

Dr Chaturaka Rodrigo is a researcher, academic and a physician. His research focus is on infectious diseases (Hepatitis C, Malaria, Dengue and Leptospirosis) and evolutionary biology of RNA viruses. He is also interested in evidence based medicine as an author affiliated to Cochrane Infectious Diseases Group, Liverpool, UK.



Deep sequencing of hepatitis C virus has opened up new opportunities to understand how the virus evolves within and between hosts. We have established a large database of HCV sequences, isolated from acute infection time points within nine prospective cohorts in Australia, USA, Canada and the Netherlands. The data generated from this project was useful to understand the cross continental molecular epidemiology of HCV, historical trends of HCV epidemics in Australia and North America, as well as immune epitope differences of viruses isolated from acute and chronic infection time points.