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Reena Ghildyal obtained her PhD in Life Science from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India; a premier Indian research university. This was followed by postdoctoral fellowships at the State Department of Agriculture, and Macfarlane Burnet Institute in Melbourne, Australia. 

In 2004 Reena was invited to establish a respiratory virology research group as part of a new Chinese Government initiative within Fudan University, Shanghai. On her return to Australia in 2007, she has continued her association with Fudan University and has been instrumental in establishing several bilateral research collaborations between Chinese and Australian scientists.

Reena moved to University of Canberra in 2010 where she is currently Professor in Microbiology and Director, Centre for Research in Therapeutic Solutions.

The focus of Reena's research is molecular pathogenesis of respiratory viruses with special reference to asthma exacerbations. Current projects include the validation of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) vaccine candidates in vitro and in vivo; elucidating the role of cytoskeleton in RSV assembly, investigating the role of rhinovirus (HRV) proteases in disease.

Reena collaborates with research groups within Australia (Monash University, University of Queensland) and Internationally (University of South Florida, University of Georgia, Imperial College, Fudan University) and her research is funded by National Health and Medical Research Council, Australia-China Science Research Fund and Australia-India Science and Technology Research Fund.

Research interests

  • Molecular pathogenesis of respiratory viruses
  • Molecular basis of asthma
  • Respiratory virus assembly

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Projects 2010 2019

Research Output 1990 2016

2 Citations

Host cytoskeleton in respiratory syncytial virus assembly and budding

GHILDYAL, R. 2016 In : Virology Journal. 13, 1, p. 1-11 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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2 Citations

Measles virus matrix protein inhibits host cell transcription

Yu, X., Li, H. & GHILDYAL, R. 2016 In : PLoS ONE. 11, 8, p. 1-15 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Measles virus
3 Citations

Rhinovirus 16 2A protease affects nuclear localization of 3CD during infection

WALKER, E., CROFT, S., Wei, K., Jans, D., Fulcher, A. J. & GHILDYAL, R. 2016 In : Journal of Virology. 90, 24, p. 11032-11042 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Human rhinovirus

A protocol to express and isolate HRV16 3C protease for use in protease assays

WALKER, E. & GHILDYAL, R. 2015 Rhinoviruses: Methods and Protocols. Jans, D. A. & Ghildyal, R. (eds.). USA: Humana Press, p. 143-148 6 p.

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Nesteed-RT-PCR and multiplex RT-PCR for diagnosis of rhinovirus infection in clinical samples

Yu, X. & GHILDYAL, R. 2015 Rhinoviruses: methods and protocols. Jans, D. A. & Ghildyal, R. (eds.). New York: Humana Press, p. 11-24 14 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter