CIE Seminar Series – 2022: ACDP Avian Virology lab – what we do and High Path Avian Flu in Australia & The pathogenesis of HPAIV in surf scoters (Melanitta perspicillata)

DATE & TIME: Friday 27th May 2022 @ 12pm.

LOCATION: Via Zoom. Click HERE to connect (Meeting ID: 857 4842 0333, Password: 80150153).

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Dr. Jeff Butler will present his talk on “ACDP Avian Virology lab – what we do and High Path Avian Flu in Australia”. From Jeff: “In this talk I will provide a short overview of the work we do in the Avian Virology Diagnostic lab at ACDP followed by an overview of the threat posed by highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) to the Australian poultry industry and some of the work we do on HPAI in our laboratory.”

Dr. Jasmina Luczo will present her talk on “The pathogenesis of HPAIV in surf scoters (Melanitta perspicillata)”. From Jasmina: “Surf scoters are large diving sea ducks native to North America, with breeding grounds situated in the boreal tundra transitional zone across northern Canada and Alaska, and wintering areas located on both the east and west coasts of continental USA. The geographical distribution of surf scoters overlaps that of migratory birds known to transmit HPAIVs. Consequently, it is important to understand the potential role of surf scoters in HPAIV spread and evolution.”


Jeff Butler is the Team Leader of the Diagnostic Virology Group at the Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness in Geelong. His role is to coordinate the work of his team members in the Avian and Mammalian Virology Laboratories which primarily includes routine diagnostic testing of exotic avian and mammalian viral diseases (e.g. Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza, Newcastle Disease, Infectious Bursal Disease Virus, Hendra/Nipah Virus, Foot and Mouth Disease Virus, Bluetongue Virus, Australian Bat Lyssavirus, African Swine Fever, Classical Swine Fever and many other viruses). Jeff maintains a current research interest in the characterization of emerging Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza viruses. He also has particular interests in Australian Avian Influenza viruses and, investigating the adaptation of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza viruses to mammals, which was the focus of his PhD.

From Jasmina: I am a virologist at the Australian Centre of Disease Preparedness. My research interests include the pathogenesis of HPAIV in avian species, virulence determinants of HPAIV, and the functional evolution of avian influenza viruses.

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