Morgan Freney

I’m a PhD student working on developing vaccines and therapeutics against mosquito transmitted viruses (West Nile virus, Japanese encephalitis, St. Louis encephalitis virus and many more). I have a bachelor’s degree in Biotechnology, majoring in Molecular Microbiology. I did my honours research project on developing and testing an Ebola vaccine. I then completed 2 years of research in the same Virology lab studying viral pathogenesis- that is, introducing mutations and studying the effect, looking at how the virus interacts with host cells and in mosquitos to replicate itself and transmit to humans.

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The University of Queensland Australia

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Emerging viruses: Usutu virus ("oo-soo-too")A fun name to say, also an interesting virus- Usutu virus was discovered in Africa in 1959 but has only ever caused 2 human infections there. The virus like other related flaviviruses (Zika, Dengue, West Nile virus) that I have ...Learn More


  1. Setoh, Y. X., Amarilla, A. A., Peng, N. Y., Griffiths, R. E., Carrera, J., Freney, M. E., ... & Nanyonga, F. E. (2019). Determinants of Zika virus host tropism uncovered by deep mutational scanning. Nature microbiology, 4(5), 876-887.

  2. Slonchak, A., Hugo, L. E., Freney, M. E., Hall-Mendelin, S., Amarilla, A. A., Torres, F. J., ... & van den Hurk, A. F. (2020). Zika virus noncoding RNA suppresses apoptosis and is required for virus transmission by mosquitoes. Nature Communications, 11(1), 1-14.


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