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Narayan is a Nepali national, currently residing in Australia where he is a post-doctoral researcher in the Mosquito Control Laboratory. He graduated from the CQ University and Queensland University of Technology in 2018 with a PhD where he examined the relationship between Australian zoonoses, their reservoirs and vectors using a range of immunodiagnostics. His contributions are mostly in elucidating the role of epidemic risk of Australian indigenous arboviruses, especially those known to cause infections in humans but have been overlooked, such as Alfuy, Edge Hill, Kokobera, Sindbis and Stratford viruses.
His research interest is to understand the ecology of arboviruses and their infection and disease in human, primarily focused on studying the bimolecular mechanisms responsible for viral disease pathogenesis and their vaccine design. Currently, he is involved in projects, which aim to identify the cellular and molecular processes by which arboviruses, such as Ross River virus cause disease and how different strains (mutated and wild) establish their fitness in hosts. Moreover, he is working on marsupial and human systems and on the mosquito vectors of Ross River virus, especially defining the ecology of Ross River virus and methods for vector discrimination including the identification of arboviral antibodies in mosquito blood meals with a xenodiagnostic tool.
He is developing networks with the Government of Nepal and other Nepalese institutions to develop an effective surveillance model to define Nepal’s dengue epidemics and its vectors.
2019-current: Research Officer, QIMR Berghofer
2019-current: Adjunct Research Officer, Central for Molecular Dynamics Nepal
2017–2018: Research Assistant, Queensland University of Technology
2011–2014: Clinical Microbiologist, Nepal Medical College Pvt. Ltd