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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 chairs the Committee for Ethics in Animal Experimentation. In his spare time, Michael conducts paleontological research.

Research Interests: 

  • Molecular virology and innate immunity
  • Hepatitis viruses (HBV, HCV and HDV; rabbit caliciviruses)
  • Vaccine development and gene delivery
  • Paleontology


Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Freiburg


External positions

Visiting Scientist, CSIRO Health and Biosecurity Canberra

2014 → …

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Hepacivirus Medicine & Life Sciences
Thogotovirus Medicine & Life Sciences
Virus Replication Medicine & Life Sciences
Antiviral Agents Medicine & Life Sciences
Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease Virus Medicine & Life Sciences
Viruses Medicine & Life Sciences
Thogoto virus Agriculture & Biology
Virus Diseases Medicine & Life Sciences

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Projects 2006 2017

Research Output 1992 2017

A forewing of the Jurassic dragonfly Austroprotolindenia jurassica Beattie & Nel (Odonata Anisoptera) from the Talbragar Fish Bed, New South Wales, Australia

Nel, A., Frese, M., McLean, G. & Beattie, R. 2017 In : Alcheringa. 41, 4, p. 532-535 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Anisoptera (Odonata)
New South Wales
1 Citations
Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease Virus
RNA Replicase
Intracellular Membranes
3 Citations

An in vivo system for directed experimental evolution of rabbit haemorrhagic disease virus

Hall, R., Capucci, L., Matthaei, K., Esposito, S., FRESE, M. & Strive, T. 2017 In : PLoS ONE. 12, 3, p. 1-15 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease Virus
Rabbit hemorrhagic disease virus
3 Citations

Broad-spectrum non-nucleoside inhibitors for caliciviruses

Netzler, N. E., Enosi Tuipulotu, D., Eltahla, A. A., Lun, J. H., Ferla, S., Brancale, A., Urakova, N., Frese, M., Strive, T., Mackenzie, J. M. & White, P. A. Oct 2017 In : Antiviral Research. 146, p. 65-75 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

RNA Replicase
Antiviral Agents
Inhibitory Concentration 50
9 Citations

Chronic fructose substitution for glucose or sucrose in food or beverages has little effect on fasting blood glucose, insulin, or triglycerides: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Evans, R. A., Frese, M., ROMERO ZAPATA, J., Cunningham, J. H. & MILLS, K. Aug 2017 In : American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 106, 2, p. 519-529 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Food and Beverages
Blood Glucose