The Virology Research Group aims to increase understanding of the basic biology of viral infections in children – how viruses interact with cells and how they evade the body's immune response.

Our research focus is constantly evolving. We are involved in infection surveillance programs and respond to changes in infection rates of viruses that cause severe paediatric illnesses. Our research also addresses the need to accurately and rapidly diagnose common and emerging viral infections, and the necessity of providing cutting edge diagnostic services to the paediatric community.

The two core areas of research within the Virology Group are Flavivirus infections and regulation of immune cells, and the role of viruses and bacteria in childhood illnesses.

Virology Research is led by Professor Alison Kesson, Head of The Children's Hospital at Westmead Microbiology Diagnostic Service.