Michael Frese


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1992 …2023

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Michael holds a PhD in virology and has studied viruses and the innate immune response to virus infections in leading laboratories around the world, e.g. at the Universities of Freiburg and Heidelberg (Germany), the Pasteur Institute in Paris (France), the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla/San Diego (U.S.A), at the Australian National University and Australia's CSIRO. He is interested in interferon-induced proteins, animal models for viral diseases and the replication of RNA viruses (e.g. flavi- and caliciviruses). At the University of Canberra, he teaches immunology and microbiology and chaired the Committee for Ethics in Animal Experimentation. More recently, Michael has published a series of paper in paleontology (in collaboration with CSIRO and/or the Australian Museum, Sydeny).

Research Interests: 

  • Molecular virology and innate immunity
  • Hepatitis viruses (HBV, HCV and HDV; rabbit caliciviruses)
  • Vaccine development and gene delivery
  • Bee microbiome
  • Systematic reviews and meta-analysis
  • Palaeontology


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Mx protein-mediated resistance to orthomyxovirus and bunyavirus infections, University of Freiburg


External positions

Visiting Scientist, CSIRO

2014 → …


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