2020 Ebony Monson Best Presentation by a PhD Student
2020 Daniel Rawle Best Presentation by a Postdoctoral Researcher
2019 Agathe Colmant Rising Star
2017 Kirsty Short Rising Star
2015 Jodie Hobson Peters YIA
2013 Rowena Bull YIA

AVS10 Award Winners

Emerging Leadership Awards: Winner Presentation
AVS10 Rising Star (Australasian Virology Society) Agathe Colmant The attenuation of flavivirus Bamaga virus in vertebrates is temperature-dependent and linked to viral protease cleavage efficiency
AVS10 Student Award (Australasian Virology Society) Ebony Monson Early Intracellular Lipid Droplet Accumulation Following Viral Infection Is Required for an Efficient Anti-Viral Response
Research Presentations:
Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute Poster Prize Joshua Deerain Programmed Cell Death During Norovirus Infection
Paulina Koszalka Use of a hollow fibre infection model to study the selection of resistance to the new influenza antiviral drug baloxavir.
Microorganisms Best Oral Presentation Award (MDPI) Natalee Newton The first cryo-EM structure of an insect-specific flavivirus reveals an infectious immature virion and new mechanism for IgM-based flavivirus immunity
Peter Doherty Institute for Infection & Immunity Award for Indigenous Health Research Ashley Hirons Novel hbz mRNA of HTLV-1c results in loss of activation domain
Top Early Career Cellular Microbiologist Award (John Wiley & Sons Ltd.) Anjali Gowripalan Subverting the dogma of CRISPR/Cas9 to powerfully select recombinant poxviruses
Maurice Wilkins Centre Student Presentation Award Svenja Fritzlar Genome-wide molecular screen reveals novel HCMV genes essential for viral egress
AIDRC Student Presentation Award (Australian Infectious Diseases Research Centre) Byron Shue Screening for a “CRISPR” perspective of RACK1 as a critical pan-flavivirus host factor for virus infection
Institute for Glycomics Student Prize (Griffith University – Institute for Glycomics) Alice Russo Viral prevalence and diversity among cane toads (Rhinella marina) in their native and introduced ranges: can viruses impact invasion success?
Department of Microbiology & Immunology, University of Melbourne Presentation Award Alex Underwood Defining correlates of antibody-mediated protection against HCV reinfection
La Trobe Centre for Livestock Interactions with Pathogens Travel Award Gervais Habarugira Pathogenesis of WNVKUN infection in experimentally infected Crocodylus porosus
Australian Society for Microbiology Award Natalia Salazar-Quiroz Structural and clade differences in HIV-1 Env trimer vaccines affect antibody functionality
School of Chemistry & Molecular Biosciences, University of Queensland, Best Poster Video Awards Wilson Nguyen Establishing, characterising and utilising new adult mouse models of arthritogenic alphaviruses for pre-clinical evaluations of new interventions.
David Delgado Diaz Distinct immune responses elicited from cervicovaginal epithelial cells by lactic acid and scfas associated with optimal and non-optimal vaginal microbiota
Hafsa Rana Developing methods to investigate viral entry into human foreskin
Travel Awards:
Microorganisms Travel Award (MDPI) Anjali Gowripalan Subverting the dogma of CRISPR/Cas9 to powerfully select recombinant poxviruses
Viruses Travel Award (MDPI) Joshua Hayward Infectious KoRV-related retroviruses circulating in Australian bats
Thermo Fisher Scientific Travel Awards Alice Michie Genome-scale phylogeny and evolutionary analysis of Ross River virus
Alice Russo Viral prevalence and diversity among cane toads (Rhinella marina) in their native and introduced ranges: can viruses impact invasion success?


  1. AVS9 Travel Scholarships ($600) defray cost of attending meeting
    Agathe Colmant
    Keaton Crosse
    Emily Machala
    Thisun Piyasa
    Daniel Enosi TuiuplotuPostdoc.
    Joshua Hayward.
  1. Griffith Institute of Glycomics Student Oral Poster, $500.
    Keaton Crosse. The host antiviral protein viperin positively augments the innate immune response against DNA viruses.Griffith Institute of Glycomics Student Poster, $500.
    Orion Tong. Plasmacytoid dendritic cells: responses to HIV during initial infection.Griffiths Institute of GlycomicsStudent Poster, $500.
    Svenja Fritzlar.   MNV manipulates the surface expression of MHC class I proteins.
  1. American, ASM Student Poster Prize, $300 (voucher for ASM books).
    Chelsea Gerada. Varicella zoster virus ORF63 inhibits apoptosis in both human neuronal and keratinocyte cell lines and changes its localisation upon apoptosis induction.
  1. ASM Poster award (non-student), $400 (including ASM membership , 2018)
    Andril Slonchak (2 posters). Discovery, characterisation and functional analysis of novel WNV-derived small non-coding RNAs; Role of non-coding RNAs in the 3’UTR of ZIKV
    And 1 oral: Systems biology and small RNAs in exosomes from WNV-infected cells (overall theme of small RNA’s and Flaviviruses)
  1. ASM Oral award (non-student), $400 (including ASM membership, 2018).
    Rebecca Ambrose. Characterisation of a novel inhibitor of the IRF3-independent antivral immune response.
  1. ViiV Healthcare Student Award. $1000
    Heeva Baharlou
    ViiV Healthcare Student Award. $500 Daniel Rawle (Poster)
    ViiV Healthcare Postdoc Award. $500 George Mbogo
  1. AVS Student Award – cosponsored by ASM, $1000
    Agathe Colmant
  1. AVS Rising Star Award – co-sponsored by ASM, $1000.
    Kirsty Short