Michelle Wille

Postdoctoral scientist
WHO Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza

Melbourne, VIC

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Michelle's primary research focus is the dynamics of wild bird viruses: the ecology and evolution of influenza A viruses in waterfowl, shorebirds and seabirds, which utilise a range of migratory strategies to disseminate viruses. Beyond influenza A, she is interrogating the viromes of wild birds, with a particular interest in ecological drivers of observed patterns. Her research relies on field work, lab work and computational biology.

Michelle completed her BSc Hons and MSc at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada with projects focussing on avian cholera and avian influenza in gulls and seasbirds. She completed her PhD at Linnaeus University, Sweden, in 2015. Her PhD research focussed on the ecology and evolution of low pathogeneic avian influenza A in the Mallard model. She moved to Uppsala University, in Sweden for a 1.5 year post doc wherein she used experimental infections of Mallards to understand influenza virus transmission and reassortment. Michelle is currently based at the WHO Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza, and collaborates with Marcel Klaassen at Deakin University, Edward Holmes at University of Sydney and Vijay Dhanasakeran at Monash University.