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Geelong Centre for Emerging Infectious Diseases (GCEID)

The Geelong Centre for Emerging Infectious Diseases (GCEID) has a “one health” approach that delivers innovative research outcomes and solutions to the risks posed by emerging infectious diseases.

GCEID combines specialised research facilities and highly skilled staff to combat infectious diseases through a collaborative, multidisciplinary partnership between Barwon Health, Deakin University and CSIRO – Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness.

GCEID is led by Professor Soren Alexandersen, one of the world’s leading experts on “one health” – the multidisciplinary approach to managing infectious diseases in people, animals and the environment.

The priority of GCEID activity is to conduct and translate emerging infectious diseases research from the bench to the environment or bedside.

In addition to the work done at the core facilities, GCEID is also an important hub for facilitating collaboration and coordination of swift research on emerging infectious diseases, including diagnostics, vaccines, therapeutics, and epidemiology.

Research Areas

Collaborating Organisations

Deakin University

Barwon Health  CSIRO – 

Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory  

University of Melbourne University of Copenhagen

Australian Clinical Labs

NHMRC CRE APPRAISE  Scolexia Animal Health Consultancy


Research Team

Research Staff

Research students

  • Jessy Vibin, PhD: Metagenomics of Viruses in Australian Wild Birds.
  • Tarka Raj Bhatta, PhD: Detection and characterisation of animal influenza and other viruses.
  • Aseel Al-Araji, PhD: Detection and characterisation of bacterial antimicrobial resistance genes using molecular methods.
  • Berta Blanch Lazaro, PhD: Disease ecology, genomics and immunology of beak and feather disease virus in crimson rosellas.

Research News

Research Grants

  • NHMRC - Australian Partnership (for) Preparedness Research on InfectiouS (disease) Emergencies (APPRISE):2016-2022
  • ARC - Genomic diversity, tolerance and ecology of wildlife disease:2018-2021

Featured Publications

Detection of a reassortant H9N2 avian influenza virus with intercontinental gene segments in a resident Australian chestnut teal. Bhatta TR, Chamings A, Vibin J, Klaassen M, Alexandersen S. Viruses. 2020;12: 88.

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Epidemic and inter-epidemic burden of pediatric human parechovirus infection in New South Wales, Australia, 2017–2018. Khatami A, Burrell R, McMullan BJ, Rawlinson W, Givney RC, Kok J, Alexandersen S, Jones CA, Macartney KK, Britton PN. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2020;39: 507-511.

Detection and characterisation of canine astrovirus, canine parvovirus and canine papillomavirus in puppies using next generation sequencing. Bhatta TR, Chamings A, Vibin J, Alexandersen S. Scientific Reports. 2019;9: 4602

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Picornaviruses, Chapter 40 (641-684) in Diseases of Swine 11th Edition, Wiley-Blackwell. April 2019 ISBN: 9781119350897. [NOTE – Abstract only]. Alexandersen S, Knowles NJ, Belsham GJ, Dekker A, Nfon C, Zhang Z, Koenen F.

Evolutionary analysis of human parechovirus type 3 and clinical outcomes of infection during the 2017–18 Australian epidemic. Chamings A, Druce J, Caly L, Yoga Y, Britton PN, Macartney KK, Alexandersen S. Scientific Reports. 2019;9: 8906. 

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An emerging human parechovirus type 5 causing sepsis-like illness in infants in Australia. Chamings A, Liew K, Reid E, Athan E, Raditsis A, Vuillermin P, Yoga Y, Caly L, Druce J, Alexandersen S. Viruses. 2019;11: 913.

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Detection and characterisation of coronaviruses in migratory and non-migratory Australian wild birds. Chamings A, Nelson TM, Vibin J, Wille M, Klaassen M, Alexandersen S. Scientific Reports. 2018;8: 5980.

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Metagenomics detection and characterisation of viruses in faecal samples from Australian wild birds. Vibin J, Chamings A, Collier F, Klaassen M, Nelson TM, Alexandersen S. Scientific Reports. 2018;8: 8686.

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An outbreak of severe infections among Australian infants caused by a novel recombinant strain of human parechovirus type 3. Nelson TM, Vuillermin P, Hodge J, Druce J, Williams DT, Jasrotia R, Alexandersen S. Scientific Reports. 2017;7: 44423.

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Evolutionary and network analysis of virus sequences from infants infected with an Australian recombinant strain of human parechovirus type 3. Alexandersen S, Nelson TM, Hodge J, Druce J. Scientific Reports. 2017;7: 3861.

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Wish List

  1. A Minion mini-sequencer to do rapid, few samples, next generation sequencing for clinicians.
  2. Upgrade to lab equipment to facilitate higher throughput and to expand capacity to do recombinant protein work.
  3. Significant expansion of lab equipment to facilitate emergency diagnostic back-up function including quality assurance, validation, certification and equipment redundancy.

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Last Modified: Monday, 26 April 2021

Research Lead


Professor Soren Alexandersen DVM, PhD, DVSc, FRCPath, MRCVS

Deakin University and Barwon Health
Director of GCEID
Health Education and Research Building
Level 3, 285 Ryrie Street, Geelong Vic 3220
[email protected]  
Phone (03) 4215 9635

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